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‘Change in Attitude’ Creates Opening for Federal Privacy Deal

April 12, 2022, 7:57 PM

Federal privacy legislation is moving ahead as lawmakers on both sides of the aisle make significant progress on the main points of contention, congressional staffers said Tuesday.

Two issues have stood in the way of an agreement: whether to override state-level privacy laws, and whether individuals should be able to sue companies for violations, known as a private right of action. Democrats, in contrast to Republicans, say a federal privacy law should preempt state law, unless the state law is stronger, and it should allow for private rights of action.

For at least two years, lawmakers took hard lines on ...