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CUNA Attends Senate Commerce Hearing on California Privacy Standards and European Standards
Posted October 11, 2018 by CUNA Advocacy

On Wednesday, October 10th, CUNA attended the Senate Commerce Committee hearing with representatives from California and the EU to discuss the implications of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on Congress’ efforts to develop a federal framework for consumer data privacy.  All witnesses stressed the need for extensive, federal-level data privacy protections.

Alastair Mactaggart, of Californians for Consumer Privacy, stated that any legislation must ensure companies can collect information, but that they must not sell it if consumers do not allow them. Laura Moy, Executive Director and Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown Law Center on Privacy & Technology, went further by calling for robust enforcement, including the ability to levy substantial fines. She stressed the importance of enacting laws that are able to adapt with changing technology and suggested passing laws that create a floor requirement, rather than a ceiling.

CUNA looks forward to working with Congress on furthering the privacy and security of consumer data.