Silicon Valley lawmakers propose federal privacy agency

 

Source: Levi Sumagaysay, The Mercury News

Democratic Reps. Anna Eshoo and Zoe Lofgren proposed a Digital Privacy Agency as part of a new federal privacy bill they introduced.  The DPA would be independent, have rule-making and enforcement authority, and would have funding for up to 1,600 employees.

HR 4978, the Online Privacy Act, would establish user rights, including being able to access, correct, delete and transfer their data. It would also create a new right, giving users a say in how long companies can keep their information. In addition, the bill would require companies to not disclose or sell personal information without explicit consent, and prohibit them from using private communications like emails for advertising purposes.

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