Morning news on September 27th, Beijing time, on Wednesday, major technology companies and Internet service providers told the US Senate panel that they support federal legislation to protect data privacy, but hope that Congress can replace the new strict rules that California has adopted.
Amazon, Alphabet, Apple, AT&T, Charter Communications, and Twitter all agreed to the Senate Business Council that they will support the new federal privacy regulations.
These companies support giving users control over their data, transparency about how data is used, and the ability to delete their data. Personal data includes web browsing history and other consumer data.
John Thune, chairman of the Commerce Commission, said he is working on legislation but admits that it is unlikely to be passed this year. The industry “hopes to have a nationwide approach rather than a different approach in 50 states. I also think this gives us some opportunities and that they have to sit down and discuss with us and provide a good solution for this. ,” Sann said.
Sang hopes to hold a hearing at the end of this year to listen to the opinions of the consumer groups.
Democratic senators believe that legislation requires more stringent terms.
Democratic Senator Brian Schatz pointed out that while technology companies are concerned about the impact of state law, they still need to support a more stable federal privacy law.
In June, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a data privacy legislation designed to give consumers more control over how companies collect and manage their personal data. Google‘s Google and other large companies have opposed the legislation on the grounds that it is too cumbersome. The legislation will enter into force in 2020.
Amazon’s vice president, Andrew Devore, said at the hearing that California’s laws are rushing, and that the definition of “personal data” exceeds the actual identification of individuals. “The result is that the law is not only confusing but difficult to follow, and may even undermine important privacy protections,” he said.
A large number of data privacy breaches have jeopardized the personal data of millions of US Internet and social media users, including data breaches by large retailers and credit reporting agency Equifax.
“It’s a good thing to introduce the state law first,” Shatz said. “Only if the state’s laws work, you can finally achieve your goals.” He also said that the Democrats will not replace progressive California law with “a non-progressive federal law.” .
But an important question here is whether the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has the power to make privacy regulations.
Major companies did not rule out the possibility of supporting the FTC to develop regulations, but also expressed the hope to see more details.
The US Commerce Department said on Tuesday that after strict new regulations were adopted in the European Union and California, they were also seeking advice on how to develop a national data privacy law.
The EU‘s General Data Protection Regulations came into force in May this year. Violation of this privacy rule can now result in a maximum of 4% or 20 million euros in global income, whichever is higher, and the penalty is no longer as simple as the hundreds of thousands of euros in the past.