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Daily Dashboard | Blackburn looks to Democrats for support of broadband privacy bill Related reading: A view from DC: Sectoral privacy updates spread with strengthened student standards




The Hill reports Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., has asked Democrats to co-sponsor her recently proposed internet privacy bill. The Browser Act is intended to replace Federal Communications Commission broadband privacy rules that were rolled back by Republicans earlier this year. Blackburn sent an email to all House Democrats asking for support and making the case that it would improve privacy protections online. Though Blackburn was a key figure in rolling back the Obama-era FCC privacy rules, her new bill would place internet service providers and web services under the same rules, mandating that they acquire consumers' explicit consent before sharing sensitive information, such as health or financial data, browsing history, or location information to third parties. It would also put the Federal Trade Commission in charge of regulating internet privacy, the report states. Trade group NetChoice is joining advertisers in fighting against passage of the bill. 
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