WASHINGTON—Ahead of President Biden’s State of the Union address this evening, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), the leading think tank for science and technology policy, released the following statement from Daniel Castro, vice president of ITIF:
President Biden will make clear in his speech tonight that he wants to advance a “unity agenda” of policies that have bipartisan support. The top of that list for tech policy should be comprehensive federal data privacy law.
President Biden should urge Congress to create a national privacy framework that establishes basic consumer data rights, preempts state laws, ensures reliable enforcement, streamlines regulation, and minimizes the impact on innovation.
Congress has shown a strong desire to tackle this issue, and it is imperative that this issue be addressed at the national level to avoid a fragmented regulatory environment.