FEB 19, 2020 | US
As Congress Stalls on Data Privacy, Big Tech Tangles With States
Roll Call, February 19, 2020
By Gopal Ratnam and Dean DeChiaro
Top US technology companies are shifting their focus to state capitals to shape emerging data privacy laws as progress on a federal bill has slowed.
The Software Alliance, also known as BSA, which includes Microsoft and IBM as members, in January announced a state advocacy program. Although federal legislation addressing data privacy that would apply uniformly across the country is still the preferred outcome for tech companies, “we can’t ignore that the states are moving forward,” said Craig Albright, vice president of legislative strategy at BSA. “We are not asking states to pass privacy laws, but we need to help shape it.”
BSA | The Software Alliance (www.bsa.org) is the leading advocate for the global software industry before governments and in the international marketplace. Its members are among the world’s most innovative companies, creating software solutions that help businesses of all sizes in every part of the economy to modernize and grow.
With headquarters in Washington, DC, and operations in more than 30 countries, BSA pioneers compliance programs that promote legal software use and advocates for public policies that foster technology innovation and drive growth in the digital economy.