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California Congresswomen Want New Privacy Agency

Reps. Zoe Lofgren and Anna Eshoo, both representing Silicon Valley districts, unveiled a new privacy bill Tuesday that would create a new privacy regulator for the U.S. and would offer consumers new protections for how online companies use their data.

Lofgren and Eshoo’s proposal is one of a few privacy bills circulating Capitol Hill, but is unlikely to become law. Conservatives will surely push back on the idea that the country needs another government agency.

Many had hoped for a bipartisan compromise on a nationwide privacy bill this year, especially as California’s privacy law comes into effect, but progress has been slow. Any legislation that will be successful is likely to come from the leaders of the House and Senate Commerce committees.

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