US Tech Firms Express Support for Nat’l Privacy Law, Urge Congress to Preempt California’s
Tech giants including Amazon, Alphabet, Apple, AT&T, Charter Communications and Twitter last Wednesday expressed their support for a federal data privacy law before a US Senate panel, but said that it had to preempt the strict new data laws adopted by California.
Senator John Thune, who is working on the legislation, said that the industry wants a national approach and he is expecting that various companies and stakeholders would want to be at the table offering up good solutions. However, he also said that the legislation is not likely to be approved within the year.
Meanwhile, Amazon VP Andrew DeVore said that California’s data privacy law had been “hastily written”, with its definition of “personal information” reaching beyond information that actually identifies a person.