Online Privacy Bill Gains Momentum, but Hurdles Remain

WASHINGTON—Bipartisan legislation to bolster consumers’ online privacy rights gained momentum at a House hearing Tuesday, even as some tech industry representatives raised concerns that could slow its progress.

The draft legislation would put new limits on how technology companies can collect and use consumers’ data. It drew strong backing from both Republicans and Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s consumer protection subcommittee, as well as from several business and consumer representatives who testified.