House Unanimously Passes McMorris Rodgers, Pallone Bill To Protect Americans’ Sensitive Data

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Frank Pallone (D-NJ)’s legislation to limit how data brokers share American’s sensitive information abroad.

The Protecting Americans’ Data from Foreign Adversaries Act (H.R. 7520), which the two lawmakers led through the House Energy and Commerce Committee, passed by a unanimous vote of 414-0. After the vote, Rodgers and Pallone released the following statement:

“Today’s overwhelming vote sends a clear message that we will not allow our adversaries to undermine American national security and individual privacy by purchasing people’s personally identifiable sensitive information from data brokers. H.R. 7520 is another key step towards strengthening data protections and safeguarding our nation from foreign adversaries.  

“The legislation builds on our efforts in the House last week to pass H.R. 7521—with overwhelming and bipartisan support—and serves as an important complement to more comprehensive national data privacy legislation, which we remain committed to working together on. We’re encouraged by today’s strong vote, which should help build momentum to get this important bipartisan legislation, as well as more comprehensive privacy legislation, signed into law this Congress.”

Last night, Rodgers spoke on the House floor in support of her legislation. You can watch her remarks by clicking here or the image above.


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