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 MarkeyGOP Massachusetts governor: Trump's compassion 'nowhere to be found' Markey calls Trump 'scum' over comments on George Floyd protests Bipartisan senators call for investigation of TikTok's child privacy policies 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 ZuckerbergOn The Money: Protests highlight COVID-19's economic toll on African Americans | Senate confirms Trump watchdog for coronavirus funds | USTR launches probes into countries' digital taxes Hillicon Valley: Zuckerberg on the defensive over Trump posts | Twitter labels another lawmaker's tweet | USTR opens probe into digital taxes Two Facebook software engineers quit over Trump posts 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.