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Marco Rubio Introduces Privacy Bill To Create Federal Regulations On Data Collection

Finally! A politician who wants to protect the privacy of individuals!

Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced a bill Wednesday aimed at creating federal standards of privacy protection for major internet companies like Facebook, Amazon, and Google.

The bill, titled the American Data Dissemination Act, requires the Federal Trade Commission to make suggestions for regulation based on the Privacy Act of 1974. Congress would then have to pass legislation within two years, or the FTC will gain the power to write the rules itself (under current laws, the FTC can only enforce existing rules).

While Rubio’s bill is intended to reign in the data collection and dissemination of companies like Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Google, and Netflix, it also requires any final legislation to protect small businesses from being stifled by new rules. The caveat comes when one considers states’ rights to create their own privacy laws. Under Rubio’s legislation, any national regulations would preempt state laws — even if the state’s are more strict.

You can read more in an article by Renae Reints in the Fortune Magazine’s web site at: http://fortune.com/2019/01/16/marco-rubio-data-collection-bill/.

 

Categories: Online Privacy & Security

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