US lawmakers will push for new privacy regulations

A significant privacy bill will be on Congress’s agenda during the next two years, with privacy-focused Democrats holding thin majorities in both the House and the Senate.

While privacy legislation will take a back seat early this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, lawmakers and privacy experts expect to see a significant push for legislation that would give consumers more control over how companies share their data, particularly over the internet.

Sen. Maria Cantwell, a Washington Democrat, introduced privacy legislation in late 2019. She will take over as chairwoman of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, where privacy bills are debated. Her
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