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Senate Commerce to Hold Data Privacy Hearing Feb. 27

Feb. 8, 2019, 3:36 PM

The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing Feb. 27 on data privacy.

Lawmakers are weighing whether and how to write a broad new privacy law amid a series of data scandals.

The committee has a “responsibility and obligation to develop a federal privacy standard to protect consumers without stifling innovation, investment, or competition,” said Republican Roger Wicker of Mississippi, the committee chairman.

Wicker, along with Sens. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) is working on legislation. Other lawmakers have introduced proposals, as well.

“As we continue to examine this critically important issue, I hope this first hearing will offer valuable insights that will help set the stage for meaningful bipartisan legislation,” Wicker said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Sara Merken in Washington at smerken@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Keith Perine at kperine@bloomberglaw.com