Do you think the US should adopt a national digital privacy law?
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What is it?
Many tech firms collect users' personal information. They then provide it to businesses that target consumers with ads based on their personal data. Online platforms gain consent for this practice through the terms and conditions that users agree to before using a new online platform.
Lawmakers have been reluctant to regulate online firms in the US because of their significant role in the US economy. Under the Obama administration, an attempt at an online privacy bill was crippled by economic concerns. Although lawmakers now agree that something must be done, reaching a consensus on what steps to take is difficult.
Within the United States House and Senate, representatives have now agreed upon a bill to promote users' privacy on online platforms. This bill is called the American Data Privacy and Protection Act. The Act would reduce the information from users that online platforms collect.
The desires of citizens to control who accesses their information and for online freedom are in conflict. At this time, it appears that the American public prefers online freedom to privacy regulation.
Why is it important?
The platforms that most Americans use on a daily basis are collecting detailed user information and selling it to ad businesses. There is not current legislation that successfully controls the collection of user data.
Regulations included within the bill would impact and create new costs for firms that play a large role in driving the US economy.
What can you do?
Review the terms and conditions of the platforms where you have accounts.