US Needs Baseline Privacy Rules, New Watchdog, Groups Say

By Allison Grande (January 17, 2019, 8:55 PM EST) -- A coalition of consumer groups on Thursday pushed Congress to enact baseline federal privacy legislation that would allow states to set more stringent standards and establish a new agency focused solely on privacy and data protection, countering a recently proposed Senate bill that would override state regulations.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center, Center for Digital Democracy, Media Alliance, Color of Change and a dozen other advocacy groups signed onto the new proposed framework, which marks the latest entry in the growing debate over how the data handling practices of tech giants such as Google and Facebook should be regulated at the...

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