Adam Schwartz, senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said a discussion draft is a typical way to get a sense of what is feasible. “He’s inviting comments from all stakeholders. He may respond to the discussion by filing a different bill,” he said.
But Schwartz doesn’t expect the proposal to be gutted. “I think there is a very realistic opportunity in 2019 to enact strong federal legislation that protects consumers from companies whose data harvesting practices have been harming people,” he said.
What consumers expect is that they should be able to use this marvelous new technology … without being preyed upon by companies.
—Adam Schwartz, senior staff attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation
And Sammy Migues, principal scientist at Synopsys, called the Consumer Data Protection Act draft “a great effort for the most part.”
“It goes far, but it leaves room to do things in steps,” he said, noting that it would “completely eradicate some business models” of companies that have long been providing “free” services because they make their money collecting and sharing data.
“We have to realize that this will be a 5- to 10-year journey for most companies,” he said.