This statement can be attributed to Paul Lekas, Senior Vice President for Global Public Policy and Government Affairs of the Software & Information Industry Association:
“SIIA is pleased that the Innovation, Data, and Commerce Subcommittee held a hearing today on the need for a national data privacy law. SIIA continues to advocate for federal privacy legislation that balances legitimate concerns about individual privacy and the need for laws that support innovation and commerce. A federal privacy law that achieves this balance will ensure that consumers and companies alike do not have to navigate a patchwork of individual state privacy laws with different rights and obligations. A uniform privacy law would level the playing field for companies, no matter their size, and support small and medium sized enterprises, who are the backbone of the U.S. economy.
“SIIA urges lawmakers to ensure that enhancing children’s privacy to protect their data is addressed and that any federal privacy bill preserves the ability of American companies and consumers to make productive use of publicly-available information.”