Sanders wants privacy panel in defense bill
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersBernie Sanders to sign pledge affirming he will run as a Democrat Overnight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — Drug pricing fight centers on insulin | Florida governor working with Trump to import cheaper drugs | Dems blast proposed ObamaCare changes Hillicon Valley: Microsoft reveals new Russian hack attempts | Google failed to disclose hidden microphone | Booker makes late HQ2 bid | Conservative group targets Ocasio-Cortez over Amazon MORE (I-Vt.) wants to create a panel to investigate the impact of modern technology on privacy as part of an annual defense bill. 

Sanders, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, has filed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to establish a "commission on privacy rights in the digital age." 
 
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The panel would study how the government, as well as private companies, collect data on Americans and how the data is used, and make recommendations on any changes needed to protect privacy. 
 
"Innovations in technology have led to the exponential expansion of data collection by both the public and private sectors," according to the amendment. 
 
Sanders voted against the USA Freedom Act, which reforms the National Security Agency's collection of bulk phone metadata.
 
He suggested at the time the legislation doesn't go far enough to protect Americans' privacy. 
 
“Technology has significantly outpaced public policy," he said in a statement earlier this week. "There is a huge amount of information being collected on our individual lives ranging from where we go to the books we buy and the magazines we read. We need to have a discussion about that.”
 
The two-year panel, which would have subpoena power, would also investigate how data collection has changed and any implications on areas including surveillance and hiring practices.