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CMR, Cantwell set to unveil data privacy bill

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Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Sen. Maria Cantwell plan to release a bipartisan data privacy bill next week, industry sources familiar with the situation tell Axios.

Why it matters: A bicameral, bipartisan privacy bill would be a major breakthrough after years of stops and starts on comprehensive data privacy.

  • In the age of AI, lawmakers and industry view having baseline privacy protections ahead of any new AI legislation as key.
  • The news was first reported by Punchbowl.

What's inside: Industry sources told Axios the bill includes:

  • Pre-emption of existing state privacy laws, a main sticking point in negotiations.
  • It may also include a private right of action for individuals to bring suit if they think their rights have been violated.
  • Limits on the types of data companies can collect and use from individuals, along with new data security standards for companies to protect people from hacking.
  • Language from the Kids Online Safety Act.

The intrigue: Four sources told Axios that neither House Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Frank Pallone nor Senate Commerce Ranking Member Ted Cruz knew this announcement was coming.

Catch up quick: Pallone and CMR previously teamed up to introduce the American Data Privacy and Protection Act, but lacked support in the Senate where the focus was on protecting children online.

  • The offices of Cantwell, Pallone, CMR and Cruz did not respond to requests for comment.
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