Internet data expert says time is right to pass bipartisan federal privacy legislation

The senior vice president of global affairs at the Internet Association said on Thursday that now is the prime time to pass federal privacy legislation because it is an entirely bipartisan issue.  

"That's the great news in Washington right now. There isn't an opposition to federal privacy legislation, and that's the opportunity," Melika Carroll, whose association represents numerous leading internet companies, told Hill.TV's Buck Sexton and Jamal Simmons on "Rising."

"Members from both sides of the aisle in both chambers on all the relevant committees have said that they want federal privacy legislation," Carroll continued. 

"All of industry is supportive of federal privacy legislation, even the American Chamber of Commerce is working on this issue with companies outside of the tech industry because everybody uses data," she said, adding that the issue also has the support of public interest groups.

Republican and Democratic senators have made combatting data breaches a top priority, especially in the wake of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. 

Sens. Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzDemocrats blast Biden climate adviser over infrastructure remarks Parliamentarian changes Senate calculus for Biden agenda Senate climate advocates start digging in on infrastructure goals MORE (D-Hawaii), Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioPast criticism of Trump becomes potent weapon in GOP primaries Lawmakers urge Biden to be tough on cybersecurity during summit with Putin Five years after the Pulse nightclub massacre the fight for LGBTQ+ rights continues MORE (R-Fla.), Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: Big Tech critic Lina Khan named chair of the FTC | Lawmakers urge Biden to be tough on cyber during summit with Putin | TSA working on additional security regulations following Colonial Pipeline hack Big Tech critic Lina Khan named chair of the FTC Senate confirms Lina Khan to the FTC MORE (D-Minn.), and John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (R-La.) have all introduced various pieces of privacy legislation. 

Multiple tech giants, including Facebook, have recently grappled with their own data-handling controversies. 

— Julia Manchester