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Speaker Pelosi Expresses Concerns With Federal Privacy Bill’s Preemption Provision

On Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi expressed concerns with certain features of the American Data Privacy and Protection Act (“ADPPA”) and its broad preemption provision, which as currently drafted would override the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) and its subsequent voter- approved amendments.  The ADPPA was favorably reported by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce in July by a vote of 53-2.  The bill has not yet been scheduled for a vote on the House floor. Speaker Pelosi “commended” the Energy and Commerce Committee for its efforts, while also praising California Democrats for having “won the right for consumers for the first time to be able to seek damages in court for violations of their privacy rights.”  Speaker Pelosi noted that California leads the nation in protecting consumer privacy and it was “imperative that California continues offering and enforcing the nation’s strongest privacy rights.” 

Speaker Pelosi stated that she and others would be working with Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) to address concerns related to preserving  California privacy laws.  Although Speaker Pelosi’s comments cast doubt on the future of the ADPPA, we continue to believe that it will clear the House. We anticipate only modest tweaks to the preemption provision, which must be acceptable to the Republican leadership of the committee for the bill to move forward. As Speaker Pelosi noted, the bill contains a private right of action for consumers—the single most important provision to Republicans in return for strong preemption language. After more than a decade of effort, the Democratic leadership of the House will be hard pressed to let the perfect be the enemy of the really good.

 

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