In an op-ed for NBC News, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., writes about why the U.S. needs a federal privacy bill after news broke on Facebook’s data-sharing agreements. Wyden states companies continue to mishandle and misrepresent what they do with users’ data and too often offer hollow apologies. It is the reason why the senator has created his own draft privacy bill. “Companies repeatedly lie to Congress and the American people about what they do with our information. It’s my view that CEOs who lie to the government about protecting your privacy shouldn’t get off with a slap-on-the-wrist fine,” Wyden writes. “They should face serious financial penalties and even the possibility of prison time for lying to the government about protecting your data and, under my bill, they will.”
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