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Bipartisan Digital Privacy Deal Shows Congress Ready to Take on Big Tech


A bipartisan group of legislators in both chambers of Congress today struck a deal on digital privacy legislation, proposing a bill that would allow users to opt-out of targeted advertisements and to sue Internet companies that improperly sell their data. Emily Peterson-Cassin, digital rights advocate for Public Citizen, released the following statement:

"Protections for privacy and guardrails against Big Tech surveillance are decades overdue. It is an encouraging sign that Congress is ready to address these issues, but we have to ensure that a bill doesn't merely freeze the surveillance economy in place. The massive data misuse that has fueled Big Tech dominance must end. As we review this new proposal, we'll be looking for strong protections for civil rights and meaningful limitations on data collection, backed up by enforcement that includes a useable private right of action and language that doesn't cut states off from making better rules if that's what their residents demand."

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