Facebook, Google Could Be Wild Cards In Privacy Law Fight

By Allison Grande (August 17, 2018, 6:29 PM EDT) -- Federal lawmakers have struggled for years to enact uniform online data security rules, but now once-unthinkable support from tech giants like Facebook and Google and shifting consumer attitudes are signaling a chance for momentous change, attorneys say.

Tech companies have opposed attempts by Congress in the past several years to tighten protections and set a uniform data-breach reporting standard. Now, in light of an expanding patchwork of new state privacy-protection laws and evolving consumer expectations, big tech companies appear willing to work with lawmakers to draft nationwide legislation. Microsoft released a white paper just over a week ago to aid policymakers...

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