Rodgers and Pallone Celebrate House Passage of Legislation to Protect Americans’ Data from Foreign Adversaries

The legislation would prohibit data brokers from selling Americans’ sensitive personal information to our foreign adversaries

Washington D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr., (D-NJ) released the following joint statement today after the House passed H.R. 7520, the Protecting Americans’ Data from Foreign Adversaries Act of 2024, by a vote of 414 - 0:

“Today’s overwhelming vote sends a clear message that we will not allow our adversaries to undermine American national security and individual privacy by purchasing people’s personally identifiable sensitive information from data brokers. H.R. 7520 is another key step towards strengthening data protections and safeguarding our nation from foreign adversaries.

“The legislation builds on our efforts in the House last week to pass H.R. 7521—with overwhelming and bipartisan support—and serves as an important complement to more comprehensive national data privacy legislation, which we remain committed to working together on. We're encouraged by today’s strong vote, which should help build momentum to get this important bipartisan legislation, as well as more comprehensive privacy legislation, signed into law this Congress.”

Rodgers and Pallone introduced H.R. 7520 earlier this month, and it is cosponsored by Innovation, Data, and Commerce Subcommittee Chair Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) and Subcommittee Ranking Member Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), as well as Reps. Rick W. Allen (R-GA), and Lori Trahan (D-MA). The bill passed out of the Energy and Commerce Committee with a unanimous vote of 50-0.

Bill text of H.R. 7520 is available HERE