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USA: Senator introduces bill on creation of federal DPA

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, announced, on 13 February 2020, that she had introduced Senate Bill ('SB') S.3300 to establish a Federal data protection agency ('DPA') and for other purposes ('the Bill'). The Bill seeks to create an independent federal agency that would protect American citizens' data, safeguard their privacy, and ensure data practices are fair and transparent. In particular, the Bill aims to, among other things, provide the DPA with the power to impose civil penalties, injunctive relief, and equitable remedies, as well as investigate, issue subpoenas for testimony or documents, and issue civil investigative demands.

In addition, the DPA would have three core missions, including to give Americans control and protection over their own data by creating and enforcing data protection rules, maintain innovation in the technology sector by ensuring fair competition within the digital marketplace, and preparing the American government for the digital age.

You can read the press release here, the Bill here, and track its progress here.