Hello from Portsmouth, New Hampshire!
There seems to be a brief lull in activity this week. Still, two things remain top of mind: The U.S. Federal Trade Commission's Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking "cracking down on commercial surveillance and lax data security practices" and the increasing calls for the passage of the American Data Privacy and Protection Act.
As IAPP Staff Writer Joe Duball pointed out last week, the FTC's announcement of a proposed rulemaking activity wasn't necessarily on the 2022 summer bingo card. Earlier this week, the FTC announced it would hold a public forum to discuss the ANPRM. We will, of course, keep you updated as things move forward.
Separate from the rulemaking announcement, calls to pass the draft regulation continues. The Washington Post Editorial Board opined Congress should stop "missing opportunities" when it comes to federal legislation.
Brookings Institution Tisch Distinguished Visiting Fellow Cameron Kerry wrote in a blog post, "The substance of the ADPPA's privacy protections goes further than what seemed possible when Congress began a serious national privacy debate in 2018." Further, he urged negotiators to accept "victory gracefully" and that they should be able to reach a final agreement on the bill before sending it to the House floor. "The stakes on more fundamental elements of a privacy bill are too large and the marginal differences on outstanding issues too small for anyone to walk away from the table in what's left of this Congress," he wrote.
As Congress is in recess, it remains to be seen if either FTC activity or the calls for a federal law will spur movement on the proposed draft.
On the children's privacy front, the California Age-Appropriate Design Code Act is up for a vote in the state Senate. It's worth noting, the Senate has a number of bills to vote on and it's unclear if the children's bill will pass before the end of the term.
As always, we'll keep you updated as news happens. In the meantime, enjoy your weekend and rest up for what promises to be a busy fall season.
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