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Big Tech Calls on Congress for Privacy Regulation, Pushing Back on State Mandates

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Sep 06, 2018

When it comes to digital privacy, the U.S. is riding in a car without a seatbelt. A poor choice with long-range impact. The tech industry could unintentionally set precedent for other industries with its frugal acceptance of regulations.

Google, Microsoft, Facebook and IBM are lobbying the Trump administration for a federal privacy law in a bid to overrule California’s newly minted state privacy bill. The language, similar to that of GDPR, is too aggressive for their liking.

While big tech views the majority of regulations as a threat, privacy is a simpler issue. GDPR, like California’s Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, boils down to having a granular level understanding of where sensitive data lives and how efficiently it can be accessed.

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