Amid all the hype that surrounded the recent US mid-term elections – health-care reform, the migrant caravan, and the ensuing deployment of US troops to the Mexican border – a number of important policy areas seem to have been forgotten.
One such area is federal privacy law, about which there now seems to be a surprising level of consensus. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, commentators, and even tech companies themselves seem convinced that replacing the current patchwork of state-level privacy laws with a single federal framework is the future.
In addition, Democrat control of the house means that a federal privacy bill is likely to be a priority for this legislative session. This is partially because passing a federal privacy law is simply good PR for politicians. In the last few years there have been several high-profile security breaches, affecting such titans as Facebook, Google, and Amazon. In some cases, these breaches have led to tech CEOs being hauled before congress, stoking pubic anger around an issue that was, until quite recently, a fairly niche concern.