Dem senator to introduce new data privacy law amid Cambridge Analytica scandal

Dem senator to introduce new data privacy law amid Cambridge Analytica scandal
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Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyOvernight Defense — Presented by Boeing — House passes resolution rebuking Trump over Syria | Sparks fly at White House meeting on Syria | Dems say Trump called Pelosi a 'third-rate politician' | Trump, Graham trade jabs Senate confirms Trump's Air Force secretary pick Democratic senators condemn Trump for calling on China to investigate Bidens MORE (D-Mass.) plans to release new legislation Tuesday that would force internet companies such as Facebook, Twitter and Google to get clear permission from consumers about collecting their data.

The legislation, aimed at tackling data privacy issues, comes as Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergWarren warns Facebook may help reelect Trump 'and profit off of it' Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter knocks Zuckerberg for invoking her father while defending Facebook Hillicon Valley: Zuckerberg defends handling of misinformation in political ads | Biden camp hits Zuckerberg over remarks | Dem bill would jail tech execs for lying about privacy | Consumer safety agency accidentally disclosed personal data MORE is set to testify before Congress Tuesday afternoon about the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

The British research firm hired by the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election improperly harvested data from an estimated 87 million Facebook users. 

Markey's new bill, titled the Customer Online Notification for Stopping Edge-provider Network Transgressions (CONSENT) Act, would also force internet companies to notify users about all the collection, use and sharing of their personal information, and would require that companies notify users of data breaches as well. 

All of the bill's conditions would be enforced by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). 

Lawmakers in both chambers will press Zuckerberg on Facebook's data privacy and data collection practices on Tuesday. The high-profile hearing could have impacts on data regulation for the entire internet industry, not just Facebook.

According to a Senate aide, Markey is expected to question Zuckerberg during the hearing on the consent decree the company signed with the FTC to protect user data.

The agency is currently investigating Facebook for possibly violating this decree. If the FTC finds that Facebook broke the decree, it could impose a record fine on the social media company.