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USA: Congresswomen reintroduce bill for Online Privacy Act 2021

U.S. Congresswomen Anna G. Eshoo and Zoe Lofgren announced, on 18 November 2021, that they had reintroduced House Resolution ('H.R.') 6027 for the Online Privacy Act 2021 in the U.S. Congress. In particular, Eshoo stated, "Our legislation will restore and protect the American people's right to privacy by ensuring every person has control over their own data, companies are held accountable for privacy intrusions, and the government provides tough but fair enforcement".

As such, H.R. 6027 would protect individuals, encourage innovation, and restore trust in technology companies by:

  • creating user rights by granting every American the right to access, correct, or delete their data and it would create new rights, such as the right to impermanence, which would let users decide how long companies can keep their data;
  • placing clear limits and obligations on companies by minimising the amount of data companies collect, process, disclose, and maintain, and bars companies from using data in discriminatory ways;
  • establishing a Digital Privacy Agency, whose mandate would be to enforce privacy protections and investigate abuses; and
  • empowering state Attorneys General to enforce violations of the bill, allowing individuals to appoint non-profit organisations to represent them in private class-action lawsuits.

You can read the press release here, the bill here, and track its progress here.