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Coalition Letter Opposing Iowa HF 2506 (Consumer Data Protection)

Consumer Reports, Access Now, Common Sense, Consumer Federation of America, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), Fight for the Future, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, and Ranking Digital Rights write in respectful opposition to HF 2506. The bill seeks to provide to Iowa consumers the right to know the information companies have collected about them, the right to delete that information, correction rights, and the right to stop the disclosure of certain information to third parties. However, in its current form it would do little to protect Iowa consumers’ personal information, or to rein in major tech companies like Google and Facebook. The bill needs to be substantially improved before it is enacted; otherwise, it would risk locking in industry-friendly provisions that avoid actual reform.