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DelBene Urges Congress to Take Up National Data Privacy Legislation as States Move on Their Own

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Washington, D.C., March 3, 2021 | comments

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) released the following statement on the signing of Virginia’s consumer data privacy legislation into law, becoming the second state to do so.

“We need a national consumer data privacy standard that brings our laws into the 21st Century. In the face of congressional inaction, states are understandably going at this on their own to protect their residents in our digital age, including California and Virginia with others following suit. Without a national standard, our rights change as we travel from state to state, creating confusion for consumers and an unworkable environment for small businesses.

“Congress has ignored this issue for too long. Data privacy is not just a technology issue. It is an issue of civil rights, civil liberties, and human rights. I will soon introduce legislation to set a strong national consumer data privacy standard while allowing states and the federal government to play important roles in enforcement.”

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