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House, Senate leaders nearing deal on landmark online privacy bill

The leaders of two key congressional committees are nearing an agreement on a national framework aimed at protecting Americans' personal data online, a significant milestone that could put lawmakers closer than ever to passing legislation that has eluded them for decades, according to a person familiar with the matter, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the talks.

The tentative deal is expected to broker a compromise between congressional Democrats and Republicans by preempting state data protection laws and creating a mechanism to let individuals sue companies that violate their privacy, the person said. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) and Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), the chairs of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Senate Commerce Committee, respectively, are expected to announce the deal next week.

Spokespeople for the committees did not immediately respond to requests for comment late Friday.


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