Privacy for America is pleased to read news reports indicating that President Biden plans to discuss data privacy in his State of the Union address this evening. We note that there are significant areas of agreement in proposals advanced by members of both parties on the core principles to extend privacy protections for all Americans, including children, while preserving the many benefits that accompany responsible data use.
Comprehensive federal data privacy legislation is also strongly supported by American voters. A recent study from Privacy for America revealed that nearly all Americans surveyed (92%) believe it is important for Congress to pass new legislation to protect consumers’ personal data, and a majority (62%) favor federal regulation over individual state regulations. As the COVID-induced digital transformation of American life continues, 4-in-5 voters (81%) support a national standard that outright prohibits harmful ways of collecting, using and sharing personal data.
We look forward to hearing more details on the President’s views and to working with the Administration and lawmakers of both parties to make a comprehensive privacy law a reality in the United States.