If tech companies are supporters of net neutrality, the story becomes different when it comes to the language of data privacy law.
It is very much evident that tech companies are strong advocates of net neutrality but oppose the proposed measures in the data privacy law. Obviously, they are not happy with the California legislation early this June as well as Illinois’ robust biometrics privacy law.
California’s data privacy law authorizes consumers to gain more governance regarding the companies’ accumulation of their information online and its dissemination by advertising companies. The said law likewise enables consumers to eliminate what data companies possess of them while requiring businesses to offer the same level of quality to those that withdraw their data at the same time.
Illinois, on the other hand, has been implementing the toughest biometric privacy law in the state for several years now. Tech companies such as Google, IBM, and Facebook are making efforts to eradicate it. They consider crafting their own federal privacy law to predominate the state’s existing strict privacy law.
According to the Information Technology Industry Council president Dean Garfield, they are devoted as being one of the processes as well as a constructive part. He added that the best approach is to work with the development of their own blueprint.
The Facebook-Cambridge Analytica obloquy made everyone – politicians or social media platform users – realize that their personal data is not safe and has been compromised or will be. Generally, tech companies such as Facebook and Google generate their revenues through advertising which chiefly swore to counter all new privacy laws. Now that the California data privacy law has been legislated, these tech firms are more than eager to comply with the rules provided that they are profoundly covered in drafting the rules.
They are more likely to cooperate now since it is a fact that Trump government are more persuaded to correspond to a more so-called “business-friendly” concept to the privacy rules.
These tech companies do not campaign for a federal privacy law. Instead, they are looking for tougher standards. Why are doing it? It’s because of they worry stricter standards both at the federal and state level. They call for a law that candidly staves off the California regulations.
A Facebook representative said, “Facebook is working with policymakers to craft privacy legislation that protects consumers, ensures people are in control of their information, and promotes responsible innovation.”
The Trump administration declared that its proposal for the new privacy rules would be presented by the end of the year. There is a possibility that there will be a delay as diversified federal agencies such as the National Institute for Standards and Technology and the Federal Trade Commission is going to be involved.
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