U.S. Congress To See Push To Regulate Big Tech

After Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica, the world’s perspective towards net neutrality and internet freedom. The incident revealed how these two concepts threaten user privacy. Thus, people started to vow for privacy and online security.

The world witnessed many changes in the internet policies and regulations, restricting tech giants about how they store and utilize the data collected from the users. The most notable of such changes is the enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in Europe. These regulations certainly have a slow yet strong impact on the data protection and privacy practices of the industries.

In the USA, however, no such regulations existed. Consequently, the privacy of Americans remained at risk. The absence of laws made the tech giants faced losses as the users became reluctant to share their data with these firms. For instance, after the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook witnessed a marked drop in its user base.

Considering the risks associated with uncontrolled data collection, and the need to ensure the integrity of user privacy, the US Congress felt the need to devise dedicated tech regulations.

This year, the US Congress is attempting to regulate big tech in 2019. While things may look like a backtracking approach regarding internet freedom, it certainly is needed to keep things on track. In a statement regarding this matter, Senator Brian Schatz said that the people expect their details shared with the services, websites, and apps, to remain protected and private. Therefore, the tech companies must ensure the security and privacy of customers’ data, just like any other profession, such as lawyers and doctors, do.

Consequently, on January 16, 2019, Senator Marco Rubio announced the American Data Dissemination Act. This proposed bill requires the Federal Trade Commission to design a detailed privacy rule for the technology sector, and present it to the Congress for review. In case the rule is not passed within two years, the FTC may decide the rules for the tech companies on its own.

While that sounds quite easy, the reason behind the matter still hanging is the conflicts of laws within states. For example, California practices very strict policies on this matter. Hence, in case the resultant Congress bill is not as rigid, the state would be reluctant to adhere to Federal rules.

Nonetheless, considering such conflicts would do no good to the people of the US as the need to employ a firm data privacy regulation in America is inevitable. Although, the EU’s GDPR also took time to bring fruitful results, yet it seems to achieve its goal. Likewise, we may expect that the new regulations in the US may also prove successful in the near future – if not now.