One item of unfinished business on the Congressional agenda is the American Data Privacy and Protection Act (ADPPA). Although the United States has a complex and often contradictory web of state and sector-specific privacy laws, the country lacks a federal law.
- Twitter’s chaos will whet appetites in Congress to tackle ‘big tech’; proposals for this will likely be attached to a federal data law.
- A Republican majority in the House until 2024 will fuel resistance to a federal law that exempts government entities, as the ADPPA does.
- Investigations into the US handling of the pandemic will expose disconnects in the handling of data within the US public health sector.