With federal regulatory rollbacks, states work to protect consumer privacy

27th March 2017 News 31 Views

As the federal government moves to overturn the Federal Communications Commission’s broadband privacy rules, state lawmakers are passing bills to strengthen consumers’ online privacy, The New York Times reports. Illinois legislators are considering a bill allowing consumers to discover what information companies collect on them, while an Illinois House committee will vote on proposals to regulate when consumers’ locations can be tracked by smartphone apps and limit the use of microphones on internet-connected devices. California and Connecticut recently updated bills restricting government access to online communications, while Hawaii, Missouri, and other states push to limit the ways companies can monitor social media. In an op-ed for the Guardian, Evgeny Morozov argues if the repeal of the FCC privacy rules is finalized, the U.S

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