Privacy bill gets a green-yellow lightMay 9, 2019
With help from Cristiano Lima and Margaret Harding McGill
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Privacy bill progress — House lawmakers say they are confident they can draft and vote on a privacy bill in 2019, but there is still much to be ironed out.
Kids’ safety online and IRL — In separate but related efforts, the FTC, lawmakers and consumer groups are examining privacy concerns around children and technology, an issue that has quickly become bipartisan common ground.
FCC reconvenes — As concerns about China’s 5G capabilities escalate and trade talks remain at a standstill, the FCC will vote today on an order that would block China Mobile from entering the U.S. market over national security concerns.
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HOUSE LEADERS HOPEFUL FOR PRIVACY PROGRESS THIS YEAR — Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), whose consumer protection subcommittee is leading efforts to draft a privacy bill in the House, signaled she hopes to see legislation marked up and voted out of committee in 2019. “This year we’d like to get something done, so we’ll have to fit it into the Energy and Commerce schedule, but I’m hoping that we can see by the end of this year that we have a bill,” she told reporters after an FTC oversight hearing Wednesday that focused on efforts to craft federal privacy standards. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), the ranking member on the subcommittee, separately said earlier this week she believes lawmakers could pass a bill through the chamber this year.
— A litany of issues still needs to be ironed out, though, including how narrowly to expand the Federal Trade Commission’s rulemaking power, as John and Cristiano report. Republicans want a…