Several States Introduce Data Privacy Legislation

As we expected, consumer data privacy bills have been introduced in several states, including New York, Indiana, Oregon, and others. More could follow. Some states are also focusing specifically on data privacy for children and in the healthcare sector. Bloomberg Law offers a deep dive on state bills here.

We’ll be watching for progress on this issue at the state level—and are hopeful that Congress may consider a comprehensive consumer data privacy bill this year as well. We’ll highlight the best opportunities to engage when they arise.

Below is this week’s tech policy news and a featured commentary. Thank you for reading.

This Week in Washington 

  • New York Times: The Supreme Court is expected to consider taking up two cases that would challenge laws passed in Texas and Florida that prevent social media platforms from removing political content, adding to the court’s growing list of hearings that could challenge the way online speech is regulated.
  • Nextgov: During an event hosted by the Georgetown Law Institute for Technology Law and Policy, Alan Davidson—the assistant secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and the NTIA administrator—said that the agency was announcing a request for comment “on how we can increase our vigilance at the intersection of privacy and civil rights.”
  • Roll Call: President Joe Biden and Republican lawmakers last week launched yet another effort to confront thorny issues relating to Big Tech and social media platforms that have bedeviled previous administrations and Congress, but the path to progress this time around is just as murky.
  • CNBC: The Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday that a contractor unintentionally deleted files before an outage of a pilot-alert system that delayed thousands of flights last week.

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Official Microsoft Blog

  • Earlier this week, Microsoft announced a reduction of the company’s overall workforce by 10,000 jobs through the end of March. CEO Satya Nadella sent a companywide communication, which discusses the economic context of this announcement and shares three priorities for the company as it pursues long-term opportunities. (Focusing on our short- and long-term opportunity – January 18, 2023)