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Photo of exterior of the U.S. Capitol buildingDuring its August recess, federal lawmakers are discussing ideas for a privacy bill that would potentially create a national data privacy standard impacting how businesses use and handle the information of consumers.

Currently, data privacy is governed by a patchwork of varying laws across different states, making it difficult for businesses to effectively manage these differing standards.

Proponents of a federal data privacy standard have a sense of urgency, according to The Hill, with the limited number of days left in this session to have legislative discussions and the upcoming 2020 elections.

Amidst negotiations between senior members of the Senate Commerce Committee from both parties, an industry source told The Hill: “We need them to come together on something and we really need this to get done… It’s consumers, it’s Americans … every day we don’t have a strong federal privacy standard, it’s hurting their privacy and their data security.”

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