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The US FTC solicits the public opinion to introduce the new rules for technology giants to protect consumer privacy

via:新浪科技     time:2022/8/12 9:01:19     readed:323

Sina Technology News on the morning of August 12, Beijing time. According to reports, a few days ago, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) collected opinions from the society. The content is how technology companies should protect consumer privacy data. This will be the US federal government. The first step in the technology industry formulated a privacy supervision system.

The official name of the FTC's document is "Pre -Notice on the Installation of Systems in the proposal". It is hoped that all sectors of society can provide opinions and opinions on relevant data collection, algorithm discrimination issues, and commercial monitoring.

The FTC's regulatory system may be introduced at the end of this year. In the above documents, the agency did not talk about the specific regulatory system terms. However, some issues raised by FTC show that the agency is paying attention to various damage caused by personal privacy data collection, including data collection, data leakage, target advertising damage, or algorithm discrimination.

The automated decision -making system used by large technology companies is the focus of FTC.This system affects them without being notified in advance.

The above documents are published on the official FTC website, and some of the issues raised include: "(Technology) What methods do companies generally use to monitor consumers?", "Algorithms such as consumer race, gender, and age are discriminated against. How common? "

The FTC also asked whether the first amendment to the US Constitution and the "Communication Norms" clause 230 clauses will hinder FTC's law enforcement of personal privacy.

In addition to the collection opinion, the FTC will also hold a public hearing on September 8th to allow the public to discuss the content of the personal privacy supervision system. FTC encourages the public to express their views enthusiastically.

Regarding this solicitation, FTC Chairman Lina Kehan said that currently technology companies collect privacy data in various scenarios in various scenarios, and the purpose of FTC's opinion on society is to understand and record public opinion and views to decide whether FTC is whether FTC The regulatory system should be formulated to solve the problems in the field of commercial monitoring and data security behavior, as well as the specific terms of this regulatory system.

In addition to the public, in the process of FTC's regulatory system, the affected technology companies also have the opportunity to impose influence, but the role is relatively limited. At present, technology companies such as Google, Apple and Meta have not commented on the above -mentioned personal privacy protection supervision system.

  Public opinion appealed to FTC to shoot

Earlier, many US institutions and individuals (including parliament members) called for FTC to take action to infringe personal privacy. Last year, some Democrats from the US Congress wrote a letter to Khan, asking FTC to introduce a new system for protecting personal privacy.

Senator said in this letter that American technology companies' commitments to protect consumer privacy have become a consensus, but technology companies are only punished for these illegal acts.

Three months ago, the US Senate approved the personal privacy expert Alvaro Bedoya as a FTC member (five). Before joining the agency, Bedoya conducted extensive research on privacy data and algorithm discrimination.

According to reports, Five members of the FTC decided to publicly solicit opinions on the society with a 3: 2 voting result, and two of them voted against the votes.

  Congress privacy legislation stagnation

In terms of personal privacy protection, the United States has always had pressure and voices, hoping to formulate the standards or laws of federal -level privacy to protect personal privacy. However, in the U.S. Congress, personal privacy legislation is stagnant. Some members have proposed a draft legislation or suggestion, but they have not received most support.

Recently, the "American Data Privacy and Protection Law" has been voted in a committee of the Representatives of Congress, but in the Senate, this law will also face challenges. In addition, some legislations on regulatory algorithms and strengthening government antitrust supervision have not been able to "cultivate positive results."

In an interview in January, the US Congress Senator Roboc (Minnesota Democrat) said that many years of inaction caused the status quo of personal privacy protection today. Many people talk about it, but they are not able to pass specific laws.

  FTC's challenge

The stagnation of Congress legislation has led to the challenges of some personal privacy supervision systems to FTC.

At present, FTC is engaged in a lawsuit with the social network giant Meta, asking the court to cancel the transaction of its acquisition of Instagram and WhatsApp; in July, the FTC prosecuted again, asking the court to revoke the transaction of Meta to acquire a virtual reality software manufacturer -the reason is anti -monopoly Essence

After overthrowing a jurisprudence of abortion rights in the US Supreme Court, US President Biden called on FTC to focus on protecting some abortion ladies in dangerous personal privacy information.

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