Companies that violate privacy rules may face consumer lawsuits under a draft Senate privacy bill framework, according to sources familiar with a version of the framework who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss it.
“We’re not going to have a private right of action,” committee chairman
Cantwell, the panel’s ranking member, has also been working on legislation with Wicker.
A Democratic Commerce Committee spokesman declined to comment on Cantwell’s draft framework.
“We are still respecting Chairman Wicker’s directive not to negotiate through the press,” the spokesman, Peter True, said.
Moran isn’t ruling out including a private right of action in an eventual bill.
“I’ve never taken anything off the table in looking for the overall view of what the bill looks like,” Moran said, adding, “I’ve not seen what Sen. Cantwell is passing around, but I’ve been told that it’s very similar to where we were in our working group.”
Blumenthal said he has always supported a private right of action, but whether it would be part of a final bill “remains a question.”