Democratic Control Could Break Gridlock On US Privacy Bill

By Ben Kochman (January 13, 2021, 4:06 PM EST) -- Democratic Party control of the U.S. Senate raises the chances of federal data privacy legislation passing through the U.S. Congress, but it's unclear whether lawmakers will tackle the issue as a top priority during President-elect Joe Biden's first term, attorneys say.

Leading congressional Democrats and Republicans have each proposed new rules in recent years that would require companies to overhaul how they handle personal information, with data breaches and privacy scandals at Facebook Inc., Equifax Inc. and Marriott International Inc. bringing data privacy into the national spotlight.

Pressure has also mounted on Congress to set a national standard for consumer privacy...

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