The State of the Union address has a long history in the United States, going back to the Constitution and birth of the republic, when President George Washington set the precedent by sharing his report on the country with both houses of Congress. For the second straight year, President Joe Biden called for "bipartisan legislation to stop Big Tech from collecting personal data on kids and teenagers online, ban targeted advertising to children, and impose stricter limits on the personal data these companies collect on all of us." However, Biden is not the first president to include privacy issues in his annual address. IAPP President and CEO J. Trevor Hughes, CIPP, takes a look back at its history and what it may tell us about the prospect of federal privacy legislation in the U.S.
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