With the 2018 election (mostly) resolved, associations are starting to move their focus to the policies that could get fresh attention in a revamped Congress.
Near the top of the list for many organizations is data privacy. The issue is set against the backdrop of a new law in California that takes effect soon and could shake things up for online providers already struggling to comply with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation.
Many technology and advertising organizations have pushed back on the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, arguing that a federal statute is needed instead. And with the House coming under Democratic control, the dynamics on the Hill are changing. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ), the ranking member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, has said that “meaningful privacy and data security protections” will be a priority in the new year. Even before the election, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) had made a proposal of his own, CNET notes.
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