Bloomberg Law
March 27, 2019, 7:03 PM

State Pre-emption Debate May Slow Senate Privacy Bill Rollout

Daniel R. Stoller
Daniel R. Stoller
Senior Legal Editor

A split between Senate lawmakers on the question of pre-empting state privacy laws may delay the unveiling of a broad federal measure to govern companies’ data handling practices.

Alphabet Inc.'s Google, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and a raft of other companies and groups are urging Congress to pass a law shielding them from California’s tough privacy statute. A quartet of senators, including Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), are working on legislation that Moran told reporters March 26 may be ready “in the next several days or week.”

Blumenthal told reporters March 26 that lawmakers should consider “pre-emption ...

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