CIO Dive: Democrats control Congress. Will 2021 be the year for federal privacy laws?

Democrats cemented control of federal executive and legislative branches this week, after two Democrats won run-off Senate elections in Georgia. The transition creates the potential for a federal privacy law to make it out of chambers of Congress, though no one is holding their breath.

Partisan and bipartisan data privacy proposals get caught up most frequently in differences between a citizen’s right to sue a company for data infringement and a federal law’s ability to overrule existing state laws. Even with a Democratic majority, the path toward federal data privacy legislation is a little muddy.