In an op-ed for The Washington Post, American Civil Liberties Union Senior Legislative Counsel Neema Singh Guliani writes tech companies’ sudden interest in a federal U.S. privacy law will not benefit consumers. Guliani states tech companies seek a federal privacy rule in order to override stricter state-level consumer privacy protections. The author believes federal privacy legislation can work, as long as it puts consumers in control of their information. “Critically, this federal legislation should act as a floor, not a ceiling, for privacy interests,” Guliani writes. “We should be highly skeptical of any proposal that would wipe out existing privacy laws that protect consumers or foreclose states from acting to address future privacy threats.” (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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