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H.R. 4978: Online Privacy Act of 2019

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To provide for individual rights relating to privacy of personal information, to establish privacy and security requirements for covered entities relating to personal information, and to establish an agency to be known as the United States Digital Privacy Agency to enforce such rights and requirements, and for other purposes.

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Sponsor and status

Anna Eshoo

Sponsor. Representative for California's 18th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Nov 5, 2019
Length: 132 pages
Nov 5, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on Nov 5, 2019

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4% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

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Leading Scholars and Organizations Announce Support for Rep. Eshoo’s Bill to Ban Microtargeted Political Ads
    — Rep. Anna Eshoo [D-CA18] (Sponsor) on Jun 17, 2020

Privacy & Tech Experts Announce Support for the Online Privacy Act
    — Rep. Zoe Lofgren [D-CA19] (Co-sponsor) on Feb 26, 2020

Rep. Eshoo Introduces Bill to Ban Microtargeted Political Ads
    — Rep. Anna Eshoo [D-CA18] (Sponsor) on May 26, 2020

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Nov 5, 2019

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