Statement by Future of Privacy Forum CEO Jules Polonetsky on the Consumer Online Privacy Rights Act


WASHINGTON, DC – November 26, 2019 – Statement by Future of Privacy Forum CEO Jules Polonetsky regarding the introduction of a new comprehensive federal privacy bill, the Consumer Online Privacy Rights Act (COPRA), proposed today by Senators Maria Cantwell, Amy Klobuchar, Brian Schatz, and Ed Markey:

“This is the most sophisticated federal proposal to emerge to date and demonstrates that Senate Democrats are committed to setting a high bar for consumer privacy. The bill would codify strong individual rights, meeting and exceeding the California Consumer Privacy Act. It also requires companies to implement training and accountability measures and includes a nuanced exception to support ethical research. The bill provides a strong starting point that will move bipartisan debate forward, with private rights of action, limits on preemption, and the definition of sensitive data, among other issues, likely to be points of ongoing negotiation.”

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The Future of Privacy Forum will post a more detailed analysis of the legislation on its blog.

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