American Data Privacy and Protection Act

This topic page contains a curation of the IAPP’s coverage, analysis and relevant resources regarding the American Data Privacy and Protection Act.

The proposed ADPPA and its legislative path are the closest U.S. Congress has ever been to passing comprehensive federal privacy legislation. As summarized on the U.S. Library of Congress, “This bill establishes requirements for how companies, including nonprofits and common carriers, handle personal data, which includes information that identifies or is reasonably linkable to an individual.” The full text of the bill can be found here.

The bill has the support of some factions of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the agency that will be tasked with enforcing the bill if it passes.

The IAPP Resource Center includes a separate topic page for U.S. Federal Privacy, and a “U.S. Federal Privacy Legislation Tracker.”

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Scope of the ADPPA

This IAPP table aims to present a high-level breakdown of the American Data Privacy and Protection Act, a federal comprehensive data privacy bill.
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Reviewing the House changes to ADPPA

The proposed American Data Privacy and Protection Act has reached a standstill in the U.S. House. The bill is expected to undergo further changes before being brought to the floor. This article takes stock of the current version of the proposal and how it has transformed compared to prior drafts.
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Pelosi opposes ADPPA

Reality is settling in for the ADPPA as ongoing debate over the bill and its preemption provisions led U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to oppose bringing the current bill to a House floor vote. This article has has industry reaction and what lies ahead for the ADPPA.
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Latest News and Resources

The path to success for approved compliance programs under the ADPPA

The American Data Privacy and Protection Act, H.R. 8152, recently amended and reported out by the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce, represents important progress toward a passage of a privacy law in the United States. For smaller companies, the ADPPA provision for approved compliance programs is welcome news. Section 304 provides that enterprises whose revenues, data collection, data processing and transfer activities do not reach certain thresholds (as set forth in Section 209) may ... Read More

Stakeholders indicate stances on proposed American Data Privacy and Protection Act

Forty-eight advocacy groups joined on a letter asking U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to consider and pass the proposed American Data Privacy and Protection Act. The letter touts the many civil rights protections the bill adds for consumers nationwide and expresses satisfaction preemption provisions are stronger than existing state laws, including the California Privacy Rights Act. Politico reports data brokers increased their lobbyist spending 11% in 2022's second quarter compared... Read More

Potential bipartisan refit for proposed American Data Privacy and Protection Act

Information Accountability Foundation Chief Policy Innovation Officer Martin Abrams wrote an op-ed discussing how to potentially tweak the proposed American Data Privacy and Protection Act "without changing its design in a fashion that might make passage more difficult." Abrams explained IAF devised a 10-factor criteria for evaluating the ADPPA based on considerations for consumer protections, data transfers to the U.S. and future-proofing provisions. Abrams also pointed to lessons learned from ... Read More

CPPA restates American Data Privacy and Protection Act opposition to US House leaders

California Privacy Protection Agency Executive Director Ashkan Soltani wrote a letter to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., doubling down on its opposition to the proposed American Data Privacy and Protection Act. Soltani told House leadership the ADPPA's "sweeping preemption" works to "remove important protections and significantly weaken the privacy Californians currently enjoy." Soltani called preemption "an anomaly for federal priva... Read More

A pitch for final compromise with proposed American Data Privacy and Protection Act

Brookings Institution Tisch Distinguished Visiting Fellow Cameron Kerry wrote an op-ed suggesting the time is now for U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation Chair Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and fellow Senate Democrats to "bank their accomplishments and help pass this long-needed individual privacy protection" offered in the proposed American Data Privacy and Protection Act. Kerry outlined why compromise is necessary, noting how "fundamental elements of a privacy bill are too... Read More

American Data Privacy and Protection Act’s prospects after US Congress recess
(IAPP, August 2022)
Co-sponsors remain hopeful with proposed American Data Privacy and Protection Act
(IAPP, August 2022)
Advocates concerned with telecom data oversight in proposed ADPPA
(IAPP, August 2022)
Calif. privacy agency takes aim at dismantling federal privacy preemption
(IAPP, July 2022)
Sen. Cantwell holds firm on American Data Privacy and Protection Act opposition
(IAPP, July 2022)
American Data Privacy and Protection Act heads for US House floor
(IAPP, July 2022)
State attorneys general oppose preemption in proposed American Data Privacy and Protection Act
(IAPP, July 2022)
US lawmakers release amended American Data Privacy and Protection Act
(IAPP, July 2022)
US House committee schedules markup for American Data Privacy and Protection Act
(IAPP, July 2022)
Examining the intersection of data privacy and civil rights
(Brookings Institution, July 2022)
Defining health data: A major challenge for any privacy law
(IAPP, June 2022)
A view from DC: A look at the updated American Data Protection and Privacy Act
(IAPP, June 2022)
House subcommittee advances American Data Privacy and Protection Act
(IAPP, June 2022)
What does the newest U.S. privacy bill mean for cybersecurity?
(IAPP, June 2022)
Understanding the scope of the draft American Data Privacy and Protection Act
(IAPP, June 2022)
US House committee schedules American Data Privacy and Protection Act hearing
(IAPP, June 2022)
US lawmakers unveil bipartisan American Data Privacy and Protection Act
(IAPP, June 2022)
Distilling the essence of the American Data Privacy and Protection Act discussion draft
(IAPP, June 2022)
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