Tim Cook tells lawmakers that Apple supports federal privacy legislation


Apple CEO Tim Cook sent a letter to US senators expressing his support for the recent bipartisan initiative to establish a comprehensive federal privacy bill.

AppleInsider was able to secure a copy of Cook’s letter, in which he reiterates many of his previous remarks on federal privacy laws. A bipartisan group of lawmakers recently proposed draft legislation that he said “encouraged” him.

According to the source, on June 3, Representative Frank Pallone, who chairs the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, along with Senators Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Roger Wicker, who are ranking members of the Senate Commerce Committee, submitted the proposal.

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Sen. Maria Cantwell, the chair of the Senate Commerce Committee, and the other two recipients of Cook’s letter are also named in the letter itself.

The “American Data Privacy and Protection Act” is a bipartisan measure that would set a standard for what data firms can collect from Americans across the United States. Data security and pay-for-privacy activities would also be outlawed under this legislation.

Illinois’ biometric privacy protections and a component of California’s privacy legislation on data breaches would be exempt from the bill’s pre-emption of state consumer data privacy laws.

Additionally, it provides for a private right of action, allowing individuals to sue firms for alleged privacy infractions, according to the study.

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