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Microsoft Calls On United States Lawmakers To Protect Consumers With Stronger Privacy Regulations

Last year, the European Union passed some of the toughest privacy and data laws with its General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) . Since then, the GDPR has served as inspiration for California’s groundbreaking Consumer Privacy Act and Washington State’s privacy act . When it comes to privacy laws, the United States isn’t that great. Poor federal regulations mean it’s generally up to states to protect consumers, but that’s not enough. In a recent blog post , Microsoft’s corporate vice president and deputy general counsel, Julie Brill, reflected on what a privacy law could look like in the United States. “The driving force behind the global movement to modernize privacy laws is the new understanding people have of their right to privacy as technology changes how people create and share information,” Brill wrote. “Around the world, there is a growing expectation that everyone should benefit from digital technology without losing control of their personal information.” Growing...

May 21, 2019