In an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times, former U.S. Department of Commerce General Counsel and Acting Secretary Cameron Kerry explains why a federal privacy law can improve upon the California Consumer Privacy Act. Kerry writes that some privacy professionals believe the CCPA puts too much burden on consumers, rather than with businesses, where they believe it belongs. Addressing this, plus giving additional powers to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general, could make a federal privacy law stronger than the CCPA. “A federal law can improve on the CCPA by placing boundaries on how businesses collect personal information in the first place and regulating its uses and practices beyond just ad tracking or sale of personal information,” Kerry writes. “Only Congress has the power to regulate interstate commerce and apply these protections.”
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