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Leader Rodgers on the President’s Remarks on Privacy Protections and Protecting Kids Online


03.01.22

Washington, D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement in response to President Biden’s calls to strengthen privacy protections and protect kids online in his State of the Union address.  

“Big Tech must be held accountable for their utter disregard for people’s privacy and data security and well-being—especially our children, who are consistently being manipulated and exploited for profit by these companies. Protecting kids online starts by establishing a national privacy and data security framework and enacting legislation that stops Big Tech’s harmful abuse of power.  

“Since day one of this Congress, E&C Republicans have been leading on solutions to do just that, and have urged President Biden to take these concerns seriously. I welcome President Biden joining our call and urge my Democratic committee colleagues to stop dragging their feet and prioritize comprehensive privacy legislation and addressing Big Tech’s harm on kids. If Congressional Democrats truly want to promote Big Tech transparency and accountability, protect our kids, and strengthen privacy protections for Americans, they should start by reviewing and engaging with Republican’s on our solutions.” 

NOTE: E&C Republican Leaders Rodgers and Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) and Senate Commerce Ranking Members Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) recently sent letters to President Biden urging him to prioritize comprehensive privacy and data security legislation as part of his Administration’s agenda.  

CLICK HERE for more information on E&C Republican’s Comprehensive privacy and data security framework, which would establish one national privacy standard to protect Americans and sets clear rules for consumer privacy and data security in the U.S. Our framework received a wide range of support from industry experts and top voices in privacy. 

CLICK HERE for more information on E&C Republican solutions to hold Big Tech accountable and protect children. 

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