Online Privacy Bill Calls For Fines, Consumers' Right To Sue

By Andrew Kragie (November 26, 2019, 8:21 PM EST) -- A Senate bill unveiled Tuesday would give consumers rights echoing those granted in California and the European Union, create a new Federal Trade Commission privacy bureau that could seek fines for first offenses and allow states and individuals to pursue privacy claims in federal court.

The bill, sponsored by four senior Senate Democrats, would establish a "duty of loyalty" when companies handle consumer data and give users the right to see, correct and delete information about themselves. The private right of action would invalidate predispute arbitration agreements and allow punitive damages along with potentially massive fines between $100 and $1,000 per...

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