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U.S. Lawmakers Strike Deal on Data Privacy Bill

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Yonhap News

The draft of an online privacy protection bill has finally been submitted to the U.S. Congress.

Two major U.S. lawmakers announced on the 7th (local time) that they had agreed on a bipartisan draft data privacy bill that would limit the consumer data tech companies can collect, prevent them from selling it to Americans, and force them to delete it.

The agreement between Democratic Senator Maria Cantwell, who is the Chair of the Commerce Committee, and Republican Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who serves as the  Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, will grant individuals control over the use of personal information and require disclosure if their data is transferred to foreign enemies.

Cantwell and Rodgers said, “This bipartisan bill draft is the best opportunity in decades to establish national data privacy and security standards that give people the right to control their personal information.”

They also clarified that “Consumers can sue bad actors who violate their privacy rights and recover damages if they are harmed, and they can prevent companies from using people’s personal information to discriminate against them,” adding, “This bill will require algorithms to be reviewed annually to ensure individuals, including our youth, are not put at risk of harm or discrimination.”

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Congress has debated online privacy since at least 2019 amid concerns about data use by social media companies, including Meta Platforms’ Facebook, Alphabet’s Google, and ByteDance-owned TikTok, but has been unable to reach a consensus.

In response, lawmakers said they hope to advance the proposed bill this time.

According to a joint statement, this bill does not ban targeted advertising but guarantees consumers the opportunity to opt out of advertising.

Also, the Federal Trade Commission plans to create a new privacy committee that can impose fines for privacy violations, including those by telecommunications companies.

Daniel Kim
content@viewusglobal.com

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