Today, U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) Joined Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, product and data security, and the group of eight other Democratic senators calling on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to advance a rule-making process to strengthen consumer privacy, strengthen civil rights and establish safeguards on the collection and use of consumers’ personal data. The Senators’ letter comes amid continued concerns over Big Tech’s unhindered access and abuse of consumer private information, anti-competitive behavior and data breaches, as well as alarm over growing discrimination in the industry. using personal data that violates civil rights.
Senators highlighted a number of urgent consumer protections that should be addressed by regulation, including the prohibition of the abusive targeting of children and adolescents and other specific practices, the implementation of opt-in consent rules on the use of personal data and the global opt-out standards.
“We believe that a national standard for data privacy and security is urgently needed to protect consumers, strengthen civil rights and protect our country’s cybersecurity,” Senators wrote to FTC President Lina. Khan. “As a result, and alongside Congress’ efforts to create federal privacy laws to empower consumers, the Commission should leverage every tool in its toolkit to protect consumer privacy. . “
“Consumers deserve strong and enforceable privacy guarantees in the digital economy – opening up regulation would be a powerful step in meeting this long overdue need,” lawmakers wrote.
The letter was signed by US Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Ben Ray Luján (DN. M.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) And Cory Booker (DN.J). The full text of the letter is available here and below.
Summary of the news:
- Markey joins Blumenthal, colleagues calling for development of historic FTC rules on consumer privacy, civil rights protection and cybersecurity
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