Key Senate Dems Unveil Sweeping Online Privacy Bill

From The Hill:

A group of key Senate Democrats on Tuesday unveiled a sweeping online privacy bill, injecting new life into the stalled bipartisan efforts to draw up the country’s first comprehensive privacy bill on Capitol Hill.

The bill introduced by Sen. Maria Cantwell (Wash.), the top Democrat on the Senate Commerce Committee, publicizes the Democrats’ wish list for any federal privacy bill. The long-awaited Consumer Online Privacy Rights Act (COPRA) would enshrine online users’ right to privacy and bar companies from obfuscating what they are doing with users’ personal information.

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Cantwell’s legislation would give users more control over their data, allowing them to prevent their information from being accessed by third-party companies without their permission. It would also beef up the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) ability to go after tech companies over privacy violations.

The legislation would require the FTC to draw up new rules and regulations around how companies should ask for permission to use data and how they treat biometric data, including fingerprints and facial scans.

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