In May 2018, fashion trend forecaster and Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie testified before a U.S. Senate committee on the importance of privacy and data securityâ€”stating that â€śit is the job of lawmakers to ensure that technology serves citizens and not the other way around.â€ť
Today, a year and a half after Wylieâ€™s testimony, the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing discussing separate privacy and data security billsâ€”one led by the Committeeâ€™s Chairman Roger Wicker (R-MS) and the other effort led by Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-WA).
Committee members and hearing witnesses discussed several policy issues under debate, including data use and civil rights protections, enforcement mechanisms and whether a federal law should preempt state privacy laws. In addition to Senators Wicker and Cantwell, other lawmakers in the House and Senate have also introduced privacy proposals.
The European Unionâ€™s General Data Protection Regulation took effect in May 2018. And while there is currently no U.S. federal law specifically for consumer privacy, the California Consumer Privacy Act will take effect on January 1, 2020.
Read more on todayâ€™s hearing and the future of privacy legislation here.