A U.S. House of Representatives hearing on consumer privacy largely dismissed the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation and the California Consumer Privacy Act as the basis for future federal privacy legislation. But there was consensus that the status quo is unsustainable, with some arguing that the nationwide adoption of certain GDPR and CCPA principles is necessary in the U.S.

Many at the Consumer Protection and Commerce subcommittee hearing “Protecting Consumer Privacy in the Era of Big Data stressed” the need for federal action in the face of growing instances of data misuse by Silicon Valley. However, there were adamant calls, mainly by Republican members on the committee, that the U.S. should not follow in Europe’s footsteps in enacting a regulation as far-reaching as the GDPR.

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