Lauded Federal Data Privacy Bill Has A Carveout For Government Surveillance

Lauded Federal Data Privacy Bill Has A Carveout For Government Surveillance


The American Data Privacy and Protection Act, a key piece of federal online privacy legislation, appears to have a carveout for organizations gathering data for the government.

The legislation would adopt a “data minimization” approach toward collection of user information such that only the data points “reasonably necessary and proportionate” to specific applications — including user authentication, fraud prevention, and transaction execution — are procured. The bill overwhelmingly advanced out of the House Energy and Commerce Committee at the end of July.

Although a bipartisan group of lawmakers claimed in a statement that the bill “puts people back in control of their online data,” the current version exempts government agencies — as well as any “person” or “entity” involved with “collecting, processing, or transferring” relevant data on

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