CNBC: 2022 will be the ‘do or die’ moment for Congress to take action against Big Tech

December 31, 2021

Caitriona Fitzgerald, deputy director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, which advocates for strong privacy laws, said the lack of action comes down to a “priority issue.”

“We’re seeing enough indications from agencies that it’s a priority that I think it’s definitely something that’s on the Biden administration’s mind and that hopefully next year it will be something they want to act on,” she said.

The two issues Democrats and Republicans have diverged on are whether a digital privacy bill should include private rights of actions so individuals can sue over violations of their data rights and whether the federal bill should preempt state laws. Though both sides have left openings for compromise, the U.S. ends 2021 without a digital privacy law in place.

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