31 Association of Research Libraries Research Library Issues 297 2019 any Federal actions on consumer-privacy policy, and a set of high-level goals that describe the outlines of the ecosystem that should be created to provide those protections.”26 The request for comment sought feedback in a number of areas including transparency of collection, use and sharing of personal information user control over personal information, reasonable minimization of collection, use, storage and sharing security safeguards to protect data user access and ability to correct personal data risk management and accountability.27 The NTIA’s notice clearly envisions federal preemption of state privacy laws and FTC enforcement. More than 200 individuals, organizations, and companies, including ARL, submitted comments to the NTIA,28 largely focusing on the importance of strong transparency and meaningful consent, making opt-in the default position. ARL’s comments also note that a right to deletion implicates freedom of expression and the importance of preserving the cultural record and therefore such a right must be carefully considered and likely requires a highly nuanced approach.29 The NTIA noted in its request for comment that other agencies are working on similar efforts, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s voluntary privacy framework and the International Trade Administration’s effort to increase global regulatory harmony on privacy. Congress will continue working on a federal data privacy framework in the United States in 2019. Both Houses of Congress have explored various aspects of data privacy. The House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing on “Protecting Consumer Privacy in the Era of Big Data” on February 26, 2019.30 One day later, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation convened a hearing on “Policy Principles for a Federal Data Privacy Framework in the United States.”31 In announcing the hearing, Chairman Wicker noted, “It is this committee’s responsibility and obligation to develop a federal privacy standard to protect consumers without stifling innovation, investment or competition. As we continue to examine this critically important issue, I hope this
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