Reuters reports U.S. lawmakers hope to have a discussion draft for a federal privacy law ready by late May and for a vote to take place before Congress goes on recess in August; however, bipartisan differences may delay the effort. Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., Jerry Moran, R-Kan., Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and John Thune, R-S.D., all met to discuss the status of the effort and plan to do so again next week. While Republicans hope to meet the May timetable, a discussion draft could be delayed as Democrats work on a private right of action to ensure a federal bill is not weaker than the California Consumer Privacy Act.
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