Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: ‘The U.S. Needs a Data Protection Agency’

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is introducing new legislation to
create a Data Protection Agency.

Senator Gillibrand makes the case that people have untold
amounts of data about them scattered across the internet. Even
worse, much of that data was collected without consent or, at the
very least, without users knowingly agreeing to it being collected.
In the digital age, that data represents a gold mine for countless
companies who profit from it.

“I believe that this needs to be fixed, and that you deserve
to be in control of your own data,”
writes Gillibrand
. “You have the right to know if companies
are using your information for profit. You need a way to protect
yourself, and you deserve a place that will look out for

Specifically, the legislation Gillibrand is introducing, The
Data Protection Act, would “establish an independent federal
agency, the Data Protection Agency, that would serve as a
‘referee’ to define, arbitrate, and enforce rules to defend the
protection of our personal data.”

The agency would focus on returning control of their data to
Americans, support innovation while ensuring fair competition and
help advise Congress of digital threats as they emerge, making sure
the government is educated and prepared to meet those threats.

Gillibrand’s announcement comes amid a growing focus on
privacy. Salesforce co-CEO
Keith Block
recently said the U.S. needed a national privacy
law; the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)
became law January 1; and Clearview AI has gained
as the company “that can end privacy.”

It remains to be seen if Gillibrand will have the necessary
support to pass The Data Protection Act, but it definitely will be
welcomed in many circles as a step in the right direction.

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: ‘The U.S. Needs a Data Protection Agency’