Group letter to Congress opposing rollback of state privacy and other consumer laws

In a letter, (select DOWNLOAD at left), leading consumer advocacy organizations expressed strong opposition today to H.R. 1165, the Data Privacy Act of 2023, a bill consumer groups believe would actually deprive consumers of important protections under state law, and offer little or no real new protections at the federal level.

The bill, introduced by House Financial Services Committee Chair, Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.), is scheduled for mark-up and vote tomorrow in the Committee. Consumer groups are calling on Committee members to vote against this bill, which would be a major setback for consumer data privacy protections.

“This bill is being sold as a way to strengthen data privacy protection laws, but in reality, it will do much more harm than good. Members of Congress should reject this proposal,” said Ed Mierzwinski, U.S. PIRG Senior Director for Federal Consumer Programs.

Select DOWNLOAD to view the letter from the consumer coalition.



Ed Mierzwinski

Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program, PIRG

Ed oversees U.S. PIRG’s federal consumer program, helping to lead national efforts to improve consumer credit reporting laws, identity theft protections, product safety regulations and more. Ed is co-founder and continuing leader of the coalition, Americans For Financial Reform, which fought for the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, including as its centerpiece the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He was awarded the Consumer Federation of America's Esther Peterson Consumer Service Award in 2006, Privacy International's Brandeis Award in 2003, and numerous annual "Top Lobbyist" awards from The Hill and other outlets. Ed lives in Virginia, and on weekends he enjoys biking with friends on the many local bicycle trails.