Congress needs to act quickly and appropriately on a national data privacy standard to ensure that American businesses and consumers are not harmed by a patchwork of state laws.
Data can unlock innovation—in everything from manufacturing and medicine to public safety and financial services. Today’s economy relies on data, but a patchwork of data privacy laws introduced in more than 25 states is creating confusion for businesses of all sizes. The U.S. Chamber is urging Congress to pass a national data privacy law. This will protect all Americans equally, no matter where they live, providing a clear set of rules for all businesses, no matter where they operate.
Here's how the FTC is working to address several important technology issues, including data privacy, artificial intelligence, and ongoing process changes.
- Sep 22, 2020
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce appreciates your leadership in working to protect consumers with national privacy legislation and appreciates the opportunity to provide feedback in the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation’s hearing, “Revisiting the Need for Federal Data Privacy Legislation.” The Chamber would like to highlight the importance of a national privacy law that would protect all Americans equally. At the same time, the Chamber welcomes Congressional leadership to advance international data flows, including with the European Union, our largest trade and investment partner.
- Sep 14, 2020
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce supports S. 4286 and H.R. 7308, the “Research Investment to Spark the Economy (RISE) Act.” The bipartisan RISE Act would authorize $26 billion in emergency relief appropriations for federal science agencies for up to two years to help the United States maintain its traditional leadership role and its competitive advantage in innovation. At a time when many universities are being forced to pause and even end research in areas like cancer research due to financial constraints, this legislation would provide critical support.
- May 06, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has brought to light the importance of technology and data in our economy, as businesses have utilized technological tools to continue to serve customers and those in need. Businesses are also working collaboratively with government authorities to collect and analyze data related to the virus in order to mitigate its spread and promote public health.
- Apr 08, 2020
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Technology Engagement Center (“C_TEC”) applauds the Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation (“the Committee”) for recognizing the importance of data and technology in addressing the coronavirus pandemic by holding its paper hearing on “Enlisting Big Data in the Fight Against Coronavirus.” The Chamber believes that data will be a powerful tool for healthcare workers, epidemiologists and supply chain managers to tackle the challenges brought by the pandemic.
- Mar 09, 2020
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce (“the Chamber”) and the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (“ILR”), believe that consumers deserve to know that their privacy is respected and protected. It is for this reason that the Chamber supports passage of a national privacy standard that protects all Americans equally. At the same time, the Chamber commends Senator Reuven Carlyle for his leadership in recognizing the importance of protecting consumer privacy. The Chamber supports many of the consumer rights included in the Senate version of SB 6281, the Washington Privacy Act (“WPA”).