US House Privacy LegislationCongresswomen Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18) and Zoe Lofgren (CA-19) introduced HR 4978, Online Privacy Act of 2019. The legislation creates user rights, places obligations on companies to protect users’ data, establishes a new federal agency to enforce privacy protections, and strengthens enforcement of privacy law violations. Among other things the Act would:
- Establish Digital Privacy Agency (DPA), an independent agency led by a Director that would be appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate for a five-year term. The DPA will enforce privacy protections and investigate abuses. It would have funding for up to 1,600 employees and would be authorized to implementing adopt rules and issue fines for violations.