U.S. Senate Commerce Chairman John Thune, R-S.D., said Congress could take the lead in legislating consumer privacy ahead of the committee’s hearing with tech companies and telecom firms, Politico reports. Thune’s comments would be welcomed by organizations looking for a federal privacy law rather than state rules, such as the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018. Thune acknowledges Congress likely does not have enough time this year to make any major strides in privacy legislation but said the upcoming hearing will help to “develop a plan.” Politico also reports Gov. Jerry Brown, D-Calif., signed a bill granting state Attorney General Xavier Becerra $700,000 and five new staff members to help implement the CCPA.
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