U.S. senator says privacy bill draft could arrive in early 2019

“A much-anticipated bill that may give the U.S. government the ability to collect civil penalties if a company misuses consumer data on the internet or allows it to be stolen could be drafted early next year, a lawmaker said on Tuesday,” Diane Bartz reports for Reuters. “A subcommittee of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee discussed elements of the bill on Tuesday, including the possibility that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) could be given the authority as enforcer to oversee telecommunications companies and non-profits, exact civil penalties and create regulations.”

“Members of U.S. Congress from both parties have criticized Facebook, Alphabet Inc’s Google and Twitter Inc over data breaches, a lack of online privacy options and concern about political bias,” Bartz reports. “Republican Senator Jerry Moran, chairman of the consumer protection, product safety, insurance and data security subcommittee, said although he supported privacy rules he was not sure about imposing civil penalties.”

Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat, said at the hearing he hoped a draft would be finished ‘early in the session (next year),'” Bartz reports. “Senator John Thune, who chairs the Commerce Committee, said his committee was also exploring privacy legislation but did not give details.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Quotes from Apple CEO Tim Cook:

I see privacy as one of the most important issues of the twenty-first century. We’re at a stage now where more information about you is online and on your phone than there is in your house… We [at Apple] take that very seriously. I’m not a pro-regulation kind of person. I believe in the free market. Deeply… [but] I think some level of government regulation is important to come out of that.

You are not our product.

The narrative that some companies will try to get you to believe is, “I’ve got to take all of your data to make my service better.” Well, don’t believe them. Whoever’s telling you that, it’s a bunch of bunk.

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    1. I’m willing to bet they’ll pass something watered down with no teeth that’s impossible to enforce or has no real consequences. “I’m from the government and I’m here to help”

    2. Interesting, GoeB…the GOP has had full control over the Administration and Congress for nearly two years, but has done nothing to address this “long OVERDUE” issue.

      Now you are calling for a “bipartisan” solution so that you can blame the “other side” for failing to cooperate. You are such a freaking tool.

      1. “Now you are calling for a “bipartisan” solution so that you can blame the “other side” for failing to cooperate. You are such a freaking tool.”

        You have a problem with a bipartisan solution, Melvin? I’m a party tool and you’re not, ROTFL. 😂

        Guess your eyes are wide shut going back to the 1990s when trade treaties accelerated and tariffs have taken an unfair advantage over the U.S. ever since. Guess you have been hiding under a rock immigration laws are broken for decades. Guess you are clueless the national debt has been rising under EVERY president, year after year, since 1969.

        So tell me, when Democrats held “full control” what have they done?… crickets : : :

        Google is a relatively new problem in the sense that even though they have been around since 1998, in the last two years following the lead of the media since Trump was elected, lost their liberal minds and manipulated algorithms to practice partisan bias.

        Unlike a fire breathing partisan such as yourself, I would speak out the same if the shoe were on the other foot. You, no way Jose…

    1. Bingo.

      I remain far less concerned about my privacy from Facebook and Google than I do about my privacy from the United States Government, states, cities, and so on.

      I am 99% sure that any privacy legislation will be primarily targeted at making sure we cannot be influenced politically by means they don’t control.

      The idiots remain convinced that some stupid Russian memes and fake news caused Hillary to lose the election. They think Cambridge Analytica helped to elect Trump. If Hillary had won, they wouldn’t even be talking about this. If the Brits had voted against BREXIT, it wouldn’t be an issue there either.

      These “representatives” only represent themselves. Whatever privacy that is protected by their proposed legislation will have no provisions for limiting government access to my data. On top of this, legislation over the Internet has a way of being utterly stupid and doing damage as opposed to making anything better.

  1. The people in the industry, some folks on this forum, had better get off their collective butts and put this on paper and hand it to your congressmen. To not do so will be to get what we deserve. I can not imagine the incomprehensible mess these idiots on the hill could make of something so vital. There are only a single digit total of congressmen, possibly more since the midterms, who hold a computer science degree. This group is simply not capable of writing this legislation and needs our help. Please try to get involved or I promise you we won’t like the outcome.

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