Big Tech and Big Cable are recording, analyzing and selling almost everything we do. By turning our private human interactions and experiences into data and auctioning it off to the highest bidder (often without our consent), powerful corporations and bad actors are gaining new powers to control and manipulate us. Tell your members of Congress: “I urge you to support a strong consumer privacy law that guards against discrimination, does not undermine state efforts to protect consumer privacy, and lets consumers sue companies that violate their privacy rights.”
Consumer privacy laws have not kept pace with technology, allowing tech giants, government agencies, mega-corporations, and bad actors to abuse our most sensitive information for their personal gain. Even companies that we think we can trust often repeatedly neglect to protect our personal information, leaving us vulnerable to breaches from unauthorized and malicious individuals. Following years of inaction, lawmakers in Congress have finally begun drafting bills to stop this. But will they pass a law that puts people in control of their own personal information, or will they pass a pro-industry law that weakens our privacy and provides no opportunity for individuals to enforce their rights? The answer is up to us.
It’s time for governments to put people—not powerful corporations— in control of their data. The European Union and California state have already passed strong data protection laws, and now U.S. lawmakers in Congress have begun drafting their own bills. But lobbyists representing the tech, telecom, and advertising industries are doing everything they can to weaken consumer and state-level protections so they can keep mining our personal information for their own financial gain. We need Congress to pass a strong data privacy law based on facts, not industry-fueled myths.
There is no such thing as “privacy” in the digital age.
People with nothing to hide have nothing to fear.
“Data privacy laws” are bad for the economy.
Raising the standard of trust in the digital ecosystem requires a collective effort. It’s up to all of us to make strong data privacy protections a reality.