The growing patchwork of state privacy laws is confusing consumers and having a chilling effect on our economy, especially for small businesses that are struggling to keep up with an ever-changing compliance landscape. Resources that could go towards innovation and job creation are instead being spent on compliance costs and legal bills. Since 2018, 43 states have introduced 133 different, often conflicting, privacy laws. Five states have enacted their own privacy law.

Now is the time for Congress to Act.

A Federal Privacy Law Has Bipartisan Support

“The potential of a patchwork of state laws on data privacy is very real and the confusion that it would cause for consumers. I do not see where it would help build trust and confidence that individuals and consumers would believe that their personal data privacy is being protected. For companies, a patchwork of laws is really impossible. The potential for conflict in what the law and standards are from state to state makes it impossible for companies to operate when we all recognize that the internet doesn’t have any boundaries.”
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Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee

"Every American knows it is long past time for Congress to protect their data privacy and security. The modern world demands it. The American Data Privacy and Protection Act meets the moment with essential compromises that protect consumers while ensuring American businesses remain innovative and globally competitive. There is no time to wait on protecting Americans' privacy and data security and providing certainty to American businesses."

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Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee

"With the recent increase in cyberattacks on our nation’s critical infrastructure and the ongoing efforts to expand internet services to every American, the need for federal privacy legislation is imperative. We risk losing consumers’ confidence in the internet marketplace and undermining our national security and technological leadership abroad without a federal privacy law."

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Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS), Ranking Member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee

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