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 MarkeyHillicon Valley: GOP senator wants one agency to run tech probes | Huawei expects to lose B in sales from US ban | Self-driving car bill faces tough road ahead | Elon Musk tweets that he 'deleted' his Twitter account Hillicon Valley: GOP senator wants one agency to run tech probes | Huawei expects to lose B in sales from US ban | Self-driving car bill faces tough road ahead | Elon Musk tweets that he 'deleted' his Twitter account Overnight Defense: US to send 1K more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions | Iran threatens to break limit on uranium production in 10 days | US accuses Iran of 'nuclear blackmail' | Details on key defense bill amendments 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 ZuckerbergTech giants head down 'dangerous' censorship path Tech giants head down 'dangerous' censorship path The Hill's Morning Report - Trump and House Democrats resume battle 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.