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Tech Companies Couldn’t Force Arbitration Under Draft Bill (2)

June 2, 2022, 1:59 AMUpdated: June 2, 2022, 8:30 PM

People who sue technology companies for certain privacy violations wouldn’t be forced into arbitration under a bill Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) has drafted.

Lawmakers for years have been trying to pass a federal privacy law as consumers fret over how their data is used, while the tech industry fears having to comply with a patchwork of state regulations. Negotiations had stalled since 2019 until now, as three out of four key committee leaders have come to an agreement.

“As an entity focused on promoting privacy protections, it’s tremendously exciting to see bipartisan interest and the potential for the real action ...