Why is the Trump administration now keen on adopting its own federal data privacy regulations?
Previously, it was reported that the White House is considering to make its own policies regarding data privacy. At that time it was not clear how or what the process will be but made sure that the regulations will not be as is of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation. The supposed-to-be establishment of the policies concerns the issues of Facebook and Cambridge Analytica data sharing controversy.
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration claimed that since last month, officials have already conducted 22 consultations with over than 80 firms. Companies involved in the meeting include AT&T, Comcast, Facebook, and Google. The objective is to convey data privacy recommendation which includes how information must be gathered and what rights the consumers posses about that data. This might serve as a handbook for legislators in view of enactment.
Facebook, Google, and Comcast did not disclose any information while AT&T stated that it supports the federal constitution that organizes strong consumer privacy conservations that administer to all firms conducting on the internet.
President Trump’s deputy press secretary, Lindsay Walters says, “Through the White House National Economic Council, the Trump Administration aims to craft a consumer privacy protection policy that is the appropriate balance between privacy and prosperity. We look forward to working with Congress on a legislative solution consistent with our overarching policy.”
The Chamber of Commerce proposed a draft that suggests consumers have better governance of their data but would restrict what lawful moves consumers will have against firms that gather their information. The projected measure will likewise request Congress to forge a ruling that will prevent any state laws to pass their own couple of data privacy regulations just like California and Vermont.
The issue of data privacy and data breach has been a significant topic that should not be taken for granted. Because of the extensive number of breaches that occurred, it has compromised millions of personal data all over the world. The Indian government even has a separate crackdown on Cambridge Analytica regarding the exploitation of its citizens’ personal information.
Facebook claimed that about 70 million US users have inappropriately been shared with the analytics firm. American authorities badgered the social media platform for answers with respect to the information that the global social media platforms has shared with the four Chinese companies. In 2017, Yahoo confirmed that 3 billion of its accounts had been hacked in a 2013 data embezzlement. Large corporations such as Home Depot Inc., Target Corp., and Equifax all have encountered data breaches in the previous years.
According to US Commerce Department senior official David Redl, White House started to hold investor conventions to determine mutual understanding and establish core, high-level policies on data privacy.