Bipartisan lawmakers unveil data privacy legislation after years of negotiation

A bipartisan group of House and Senate members unveiled a first draft of legislation on Sunday to allow consumers to manage their data privacy.

Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, joined forces with Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), the chairwoman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, in drafting the American Privacy Rights Act.

The draft allows consumers to opt out of data collection or even edit or delete their data. Companies will be required to become more transparent about their data collection practices in order for consumers to decide what to do with their data. Consumers will be able to sue companies if they do not comply.

Notably, all consumers will be considered equals, with no extra protections for minors, although they will have the same ability to protect their own
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