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AFP: Congress Must Protect Consumer Privacy Without Threatening Innovation

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AFP: Congress Must Protect Consumer Privacy Without Threatening Innovation

02.25.19 07:41 AM

Arlington, VA*– This week, committees in the*House*and*Senate*will meet to discuss data and consumer privacy legislation. The House Committee on Energy & Commerce is scheduled to meet Tuesday and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation will convene Wednesday. Americans for Prosperity (AFP) Tech Policy Analyst Billy Easley issued the following statement: “Congress has an opportunity to protect consumer privacy while ensuring Americans continue leading the way in developing cutting-edge technology. The unintended consequences of bad privacy legislation would detract from the real value that useful data creates for the public. Privacy legislation should focus on addressing practices that harm consumers rather than simply restricting the collection of data. Americans deserve to have their privacy protected and Congress must find a balanced approach that does not threaten the freedom to innovate.” AFP has*repeatedly called for the protection of consumer*privacy without hampering innovation. The group recently shared*an*editorial piece*in*RealClearPolicy*calling on lawmakers to find ways to enact privacy legislation without causing unintended consequences for technological innovation. AFP has outlined five principles it believes are essential for Congress to incorporate in any digital privacy legislation: Congress must pass legislation that federally pre-empts state privacy regulations – explicitly clarifying that federal laws and regulations regarding […]

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