One year ago the Court of Justice of the European Union invalidated the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, sending U.S. and European businesses that depend on data flows scrambling for alternatives. As negotiators work to find a solution that will protect international data transfers, some say part of the solution lies within a federal privacy law.
“We simply must enact a national uniform consumer data privacy law,” U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., said during the keynote address of a Brookings Institution event, “Trans-Atlantic data flows: What’s next after the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield.” DelBene continued, “With no federal standard, states are going at this on their own. While this is advancing the conversation, we need federal legislation that provides a national standard of protection no matter what state you’re in. A patchwork of state laws won’t work in our digital world, it will be incredibly complex for businesses, especially small businesses, and it won’t help us in negotiating a new framework for trans-Atlantic data flows.”