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What To Know About GOP Senators' Latest Data Privacy Push

By Christopher Cole (August 3, 2021, 6:13 PM EDT) -- Republican senators are banding together to push for a national privacy law that would empower the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general to crack down on the unbridled storage, use and transfer of consumer data.

Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., recently filed a sweeping bill to create a framework to shield individuals' personal data and use national requirements instead of a growing patchwork of state laws. But critics say the bill suffers from gaping loopholes — some perhaps deliberate — that could hobble more ambitious state efforts.

The bill, filed July 28, is the latest version of the SAFE DATA Act...

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