Published: December 2022Click to View (PDF)

Efforts at the federal level to pass U.S. privacy legislation have been ongoing for years, with dozens of privacy-related bills having worked their ways through the halls of Congress. Numerous legislators from across the aisles have worked together on legislation addressing all facets of privacy, from individual rights and business obligations, to special protections for sensitive information and access, to records by law enforcement, to emerging technologies, such as facial recognition and artificial intelligence.

The IAPP Research and Insights team tracks and organizes the privacy-related bills proposed in Congress to keep our members informed of developments within the federal privacy landscape. The “US Federal Privacy Legislation Tracker” includes proposed legislation organized by topic and summarizes the key parts of each bill to shed light on the most impactful provisions. The table also illustrates which bills would preempt state law or enable enforcement of a private right of action, two of the most contentious and closely watched issues within the federal privacy law debate. Each bill is color-coded based on the party affiliation of its sponsors and cosponsors. The table is organized by the following topics:

  • Consumer/Individual Privacy
  • Health Privacy
  • Financial Privacy
  • Children's and Educational Privacy
  • FTC Authority and Enforcement
  • Government Restrictions and Obligations

The Westin Research Center will periodically update this table. If you are aware of a proposed federal bill that is absent from our list, please share it with us at

The IAPP Resource Center also hosts a "US Federal Privacy" topic page, which provides a curated collection of news and resources covering federal privacy.