CCAGW Urges Oregon Senate Judiciary Committee to Oppose SB 619 | Council For Citizens Against Government Waste

CCAGW Urges Oregon Senate Judiciary Committee to Oppose SB 619

State Action

March 3, 2023

Senate Judiciary Committee
Oregon State Capitol
900 Court Street NE
Salem, OR 97301

Dear Senator,

On behalf of the 30,393 members and supporters of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) in Oregon, I urge you to oppose SB 619, which seeks to protect the personal identifying information of consumers in Oregon through the creation of a comprehensive new set of consumer data privacy restrictions on companies conducting business with residents of the state.

While we understand the desire to protect consumer privacy, this bill will unfortunately fail to achieve that objective.  Instead, it would create instability and uncertainty for companies doing business over the internet and their customers.  The internet is not contained within a single state’s boundaries and therefore participants operating within the internet ecosystem can only be regulated by the federal government under the Commerce Clause, Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution.

Because of inaction by Congress, several states have enacted or will be reviewing laws to protect personal information, including online privacy for children, websites, and monitoring employee e-mail communications.  These laws would affect any business operating or selling to customers regardless of the state either the business or customer are located, impinging on interstate commerce.  Without the adoption of a consistent national privacy protection framework that preempts state and local laws, more states will continue to enact their own separate rules, raising costs and complicating compliance for businesses and individuals. 

Rather than enact more state laws that impose restrictions on businesses performing interstate commerce that also collect consumer data, the Oregon State Legislature should encourage Congress to pass a national data privacy framework that will promote innovation while providing certainty across state borders for the regulation of data privacy and the protection of consumer’s personal identifying information.

Again, I urge you to vote against SB 619.

Tom Schatz
President, CCAGW

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