Kerrigan in Real Clear Policy: Legislators Must Consider Small Business When Crafting Privacy Regulations

By at 28 January, 2019, 7:22 pm

In a January 28 Real Clear Policy op-ed, SBE Council president & CEO Karen Kerrigan joined Small Business Roundtable executive director Rhett Buttle and Connected Commerce Council president Jake Ward to outline the importance of a privacy framework at the federal level, and why it is critical to include entrepreneurs and small business owners in the development of federal privacy rules.  Noting that the state of California has followed the European Union in advancing privacy laws (and 26 other states are considering their own set of rules), Kerrigan, Buttle and Ward write:

“Small businesses cannot afford to navigate a unique privacy regulation for each state, and their ability to grow and compete is undermined by the morass of state laws that require armies of compliance lawyers. Even America’s biggest companies will be overwhelmed if 26 states pass new privacy laws.

It’s time for Congress to act. They must provide one privacy law that protects all Americans, including those who operate businesses that utilize data. But lawmakers should not be too hasty; they must legislate carefully and learn from recent missteps in the European Union and in California — especially about the unintended consequences that have disproportionately harmed small businesses.”

Read the op-ed in its entirety here.


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