U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., will propose a bill to give consumers the ability to block websites from the collection of unnecessary data, Bloomberg reports. Under the proposed bill, consumers can choose a setting to opt out of all data collection “beyond what is indispensable to the companies’ online services.” The senator said in a statement while browsers have allowed users to send “Do Not Track” signals, the requests are usually ignored. A spokesman for Hawley said fines against companies would be $1,000 per person per day for violations, with a minimum of $100,000. Meanwhile, Microsoft Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Julie Brill highlights the need for a federal U.S. privacy bill as she looks back at the first year of the EU General Data Protection Regulation. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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