The Senate will hold a hearing later this month on establishing federal internet privacy regulations, an early step towards the nation’s first comprehensive consumer privacy law.
Sen. Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerGOP senator will 'probably' vote for debt limit increase Rep. Tim Ryan becomes latest COVID-19 breakthrough case in Congress Top Republican: General told senators he opposed Afghanistan withdrawal MORE (R-Miss.), the chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, announced on Friday that the panel would hold a hearing titled “Policy Principles for a Federal Data Privacy Framework in the United States” on February 27.
In a statement, Wicker said the hearing would be the first step towards bipartisan legislation.
No witnesses have been announced for the hearing.
Lawmakers of both parties have called for a new privacy bill following data scandals at major technology companies in the past year. And a major privacy law in California has industry lobbyists calling on Congress to pass a federal standard that would prevent states from implementing their own data laws.
The committee held privacy hearings with both industry and consumer advocates last year, but the Feb. 27 meeting will be the first in the new Congress.