Statement on the Advancement of the Bipartisan Federal Data Privacy Bill

Common Sense Media
Thursday, June 23, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO, June 23, 2022— The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection unanimously approved H.R. 8152, the American Data Privacy and Protection Act, a bi-partisan national online privacy and security protection bill today, that includes provisions to protect children's and teen's privacy. Subcommittee passage is an important step but more work lies ahead. As the chairman of the full committee noted today, the bill will continue to undergo continued changes and improvements. Common Sense testified about the draft version of this bill at a congressional hearing on June 14th. Jim Steyer, co-founder and CEO of Common Sense Media, issued the following statement on the bill's passage.

"I applaud the bipartisan approval today by the subcommittee to establish, for the first time, a national comprehensive online privacy protection law. Americans of all political backgrounds strongly agree that their online data deserves to be better protected, especially for children and teens, and this issue has been a top priority at Common Sense for many years.

"We continue to believe that there are important provisions in this bill that are worth fighting for, but improvements must be made as the process goes forward. But, make no mistake, we believe this process should go forward, in the House and in the Senate, on a bipartisan basis. The perfect cannot become the enemy of the good here, and it is incumbent on all Senators and House members to work together, this year, to reach an agreement on a national privacy law that includes strong protections for children and teens."

Watch our full testimony here.


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