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Top Republican Open to Injunctive Relief on Privacy Violations

Dec. 2, 2019, 10:47 PM

A top Republican senator is open to the possibility of a narrowly focused private right of action for consumers when companies violate their privacy, as lawmakers work to refine their negotiating points ahead of a hearing on privacy legislation this week.

Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Chairman Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) said he could consider a very narrow private right of action, such as injunctive relief, in legislation his panel is discussing, a change in his previous stance on the issue. He had opposed a federal privacy bill with any private right of action, which would allow consumers to sue companies...

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