A measure approved by the Energy and Commerce Committee fails to establish a unified national privacy law standard in the United States. H.R. 8152, the American Data Privacy and Protection Act, was sent to the House floor for consideration.
As approved, the legislation does provide safeguards of customer loyalty programs that help make necessities affordable for consumers, especially as prices rise due to inflation. The committee adopted an amendment requiring service providers and third-party entities to preserve customer data protections.
The legislation does not provide a robust and effective national uniform standard for data privacy that would provide protections, regardless of who handles personal information or where the information is stored. The U.S. could eventually have 50 different state laws without an effective preemption. Without a national standard, the increasing number of differing state laws will prevent these critical goals from being realized.