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SIIA CONTACT: Diane Pinto, (202) 789-4480
SIIA Supports Continued Focus on Comprehensive Privacy Legislation to
Address Gaps in Federal Sectoral Privacy Model
WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 17, 2019) – The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal association for the software, information, and digital content industries, supports the attention that Senators Klobuchar’s and Murkowski’s Protecting Personal Health Data Act brings to the important issue of personal health data that falls outside the coverage of HIPAA. SIIA, however, urges Congress to continue its focus on comprehensive privacy legislation, which is another vehicle for addressing gaps in the federal sectoral privacy model, including those presented by sensitive personal health information.
SIIA Senior Vice President for Global Public Policy, Carl Schonander, issued the following statement:
“SIIA is pleased that the PPHDA raises important questions about the need for regulation to address gaps in our current privacy regulations. As we have stated to Congress and the FTC, SIIA supports strong privacy protections that prevent harm to consumers and that scale based on the sensitivity and risk of harm posed by the data. We need a national privacy standard to ensure equal consumer protections and the continued vitality and growth of our national digital economy. The only way that Congress can ensure equal, robust, and prompt privacy protections for Americans is by focusing on passing comprehensive privacy legislation.
“SIIA, therefore, urges Congress to pass comprehensive federal privacy reform that is technology-and industry-neutral, and that provides regulatory coverage for gaps in our existing sectoral framework. We look forward to working with all stakeholders, from Congress to civil society, to help identify strong and workable solutions to our national privacy question. The time for an American privacy model that ensures consumer protection and continued innovation is now.”
SIIA is an umbrella association that represents constituencies from technology, data and media companies. Through in-person and online business development opportunities, peer networking, corporate education, intellectual property protection and government relations, SIIA provides a network of resources for its 800+ member companies that drive innovation and growth. For more information, visit www.siia.net.