Lummis, Colleagues Pen Letter to Federal Trade Commission over Privacy Regulation Concerns

November 4, 2022

Privacy of people in Wyoming would be better protected by Congressional action rather than bureaucratic rulemaking

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), along with Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Kevin Cramer (R-ND), wrote a letter to Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan expressing their concern over Proposed Rule Making on Commercial Surveillance and Data Security. Bureaucratic rulemaking like this from the FTC would put undue burdens on Wyoming businesses, and the privacy of people in Wyoming would be better protected by a consistent national standard set by Congress.

“Consumer privacy is absolutely critical, particularly in our increasingly connected economy,” said Senator Lummis. “Congress needs to draft and enact legislation that creates a consistent national standard that does not stifle innovation or create unreasonable barriers for small businesses while still protecting consumers. The FTC should not attempt to add confusing rulemaking on top of already incomplete data privacy regulations.”

The letter reads, “Consumer data privacy and security are complex issues which will require standards that are robust, adaptive, and can balance the interests of consumers with the needs of businesses. We believe that this balance can only be struck within federal legislation that is comprehensive and preemptive, such that the law creates a single national standard. Without federal preemption, any new privacy rules issued by the FTC would only add to the existing ‘patchwork’ of state privacy laws and create an additional layer of requirements for businesses. Rather than provide clarity to stakeholders, the proposed rulemaking action would only complicate the regulatory landscape in a way that would potentially increase the compliance costs for businesses, reduce competition, and create confusion.”

 Read the letter here