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Sen. Moran Delivers Remarks Before Questioning Tech Executives

Senate Commerce Committee Hearing: Examining Safeguards for Consumer Data Privacy

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) – member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation – today delivered remarks and questioned the six-witness panel of technology executives during a hearing titled: “Examining Safeguards for Consumer Data Privacy.” Witnesses included AT&T Senior Vice President Len Cali, Amazon Vice President and General Counsel Andrew DeVore, Google Chief Privacy Officer Keith Enright, Twitter Global Data Protection Officer and Associate Legal Director Damien Kieran, Apple Vice President for Software Technology Guy Tribble and Charter Communications Senior Vice President Rachel Welch.

Remarks As Delivered:

“Chairman Thune, thank you. I chair the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Data Security of this Committee, and I’m certainly committed to ensuring that consumers’ personal data is collected, used, transferred, and stored responsibly with appropriate transparency provided by you in the industry. I do have concerns with the risks posed by the EU’s General Data Protection Regulations and the California Consumer Privacy Act. Those are concerns to what it will mean to the internet ecosystem, especially the innovative, entrepreneurial businesses that are positioned to be disadvantaged based upon these regulatory overhauls, and in instances these regulations conflict one with another.

“In the interest of protecting Americans from data misuse and establishing certainty for businesses so that we can continue to create jobs and innovate, and compete in this global economy, I’ve been working with Senator Schatz, with Senator Wicker and with Senator Blumenthal to collect the thoughts of all interested parties, including consumer advocates, industry representatives, and academics, academicians, to identify responsible federal privacy standards, and we most recently have sought to, for coordination with the Department of Commerce in a recent letter we sent to Secretary Ross last week.

“I appreciate your willingness to testify today, and I appreciate your perspectives.”

Item to Note:

  • To see Sen. Moran’s full exchange with the witness panel, click here.