The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) joined Public Knowledge and more than 20 public interest, labor, consumer advocacy, and civil rights groups in a letter urging Speaker Pelosi to move the American Data Privacy and Protection Act (ADPPA) to a vote by the full House of Representatives. From the letter:
“We strongly believe that this Congress presents the best opportunity to pass comprehensive privacy legislation over the next few years, which is even more vital in a post-Dobbs world.
Some of the benefits of passing ADPPA now would be stronger protections for kids’ and teens’ data than under current law, including a ban on targeted advertising to anyone under 17 years old and a new Federal Trade Commission office focused on youth marketing. It also includes comprehensive data broker regulations and global opt-outs for consumers. ADPPA combines strong data minimization requirements that limit the collection, use, and sharing of information with strong anti-discrimination provisions. The bill not only protects people’s privacy, but also ensures that everyone will have their civil rights protected online.
Bringing ADPPA to the floor of the House does not mean it cannot be further strengthened. The bill sponsors have demonstrated that they will listen to stakeholder criticism and address concerns; as evidenced by the changes made to this bill from introduction to the subcommittee hearing to the full committee vote. However, there is a narrow window in which to act. For years, your strong leadership has been relied on in Congress to usher in large, transformative legislation. ADPPA is another piece of large, transformative legislation that with your leadership should become law and usher in real meaningful privacy protections for all consumers.“