A Look At 2 GDPR-Inspired Privacy Bills In Senate

Law360 (June 11, 2018, 12:04 PM EDT) -- In the aftermath of the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data privacy controversy, Sens. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., introduced a federal data privacy bill titled the Customer Online Notification for Stopping Edge-provider Network Transgressions Act. While the CONSENT Act is unlikely to pass in the near term given the lack of a Republican sponsor, it reflects increasing attention to privacy concerns in the United States, including consideration by both federal and state legislatures of significantly more prescriptive and protective privacy requirements.

The CONSENT Act would apply to "edge providers," which is defined broadly enough to capture not only data giants...

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