People want a data privacy law

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TODAY:

  • Analysis: There’s Clearly an Appetite for Data Privacy Law, Now Congress Just Needs to Pass a Good One
  • FCC wants telcos to be more transparent with data breaches
  • FTC warns of scam involving cryptocurrency ATM and QR code

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BREAK THE INTERNET

There’s Clearly an Appetite for Data Privacy Law, Now Congress Just Needs to Pass a Good One

To analyse

A new poll has found there is overwhelming support for Congress to finally pull itself together and pass a federal data privacy law.

Morning consultation and Politics recently found that 56% of registered voters “strongly” or “somewhat” support passing a law that “would make it illegal for social media companies.” use algorithms to determine what content users see based on personal data social media companies collected from them.”

The poll also revealed that support for such a law was bipartisan, with 62% of Democrats, 54% Republicans, and 50% independent indicating their support.

Such widespread support can also be seen in some recent real-world action. A week before the poll results were released, a coalition of public interest and advocacy groups delivered more than 24,000 petitions to a senator in which they said they wanted legislation that would make “internet a better and safer place that strengthens our democracy and where our rights are protected.

But will Congress ever act?

When different versions of a data privacy law were debated in 2019, there wasn’t a ton of agreement between Democrats and Republicans.

But last year, a former Facebook employee turned whistleblower Frances Haugen testified before Congress. That testimony, some lawmakers say, could become a “catalyst” to come together and pass data privacy law after years of back-and-forth and little agreement.

Citizens want a data privacy bill, and they want it now. Let’s see if lawmakers are listening.

—Andrew Wyrich, Associate Technical Writer


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FCC Chairman Jessica Rosenworcel during a Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday.

INTERNET RIGHTS

FCC wants telcos to be more transparent with data breaches

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Jessica Rosenworcel recently shared a regulatory proposal that tighten the requirements telecommunications companies to report data breaches.

The proposal would be specifically eliminate a current 7-day waiting period for companies to notify customers of a data breach, require companies to notify customers of unintentional or accidental data breaches, and require carriers to notify the FCC of all reportable offenses besides the FBI and the Secret Service.

“Current law already requires telecom operators to protect the privacy and security of sensitive customer information. But these rules need to be updated to fully reflect the evolving nature of data breaches and the real-time threat they pose to affected consumers,” Rosenworcel said in a statement.

She added: “Customers deserve to be protected against the increasing frequency, sophistication and scale of these data leaks, and the consequences that can last for years after personal information is exposed.

—AW


SELECTION OF DAILY POINTS


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SCAMS

FTC warns of scam involving cryptocurrency ATM and QR code

The Federal Trade Commission says scammers use impersonators to trick people into giving them money in transactions involving QR codes and cryptocurrency ATMs.

The scammers have more and more focused on cryptocurrency in recent years, perhaps because it is more difficult to follow and portable.

FTC reveals targets of latest scam can receive a call from someone claiming to be law enforcement, government, or your utility company. The caller can also pretend to be an online romantic interest or someone say you won the lottery or another price.

As with any scam, the caller finally asks you for money. Those who seem willing will be directed to a store or other business who has a encrypted atm. The scammer will stay on the phone throughout, the FTC says.

Once you reach the ATM, the scammer asks you to buy cryptos. Then they send you a QR Code with their embedded address, reports the FTC. You are prompted to scan the code so that the money will be transferred to them.

“But then your money is gone,” the FTC says.

—Claire Goforth


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*First published: January 18, 2022, 10:01 a.m. CST

Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich is the Daily Dot’s assistant technical editor. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).

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