Wired reports on the feasibility of a data broker registry proposed by Apple CEO Tim Cook and points to Vermont’s recently enacted data broker law to highlight the difficulties in passing such a requirement. While narrower in scope than Cook’s proposal, Vermont’s data broker law faced significant industry opposition. Industry lobbyists are increasing their effort as lawmakers review federal privacy legislation proposals, stoking concern among privacy advocates that, ultimately, a federal privacy bill will be weaker than anticipated. "It’s just the way Washington works. Everyone wants their voice out on the table," Privacy advocate Mary Ross said. Meanwhile, The Washington Post reports that five of the largest U.S. tech companies spent a combined $64.2 million on federal lobbying efforts, a 10 percent increase from 2017. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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