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WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 23: Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee speaks during the hearing with TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill on March 23, 2023 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Revamped privacy bill sails through House subcommittee

Even as the legislation advanced through a key subcommittee, members from both parties raised concerns with the measure, indicating that it faces an uncertain road toward passage…
A worker climbs on a cellular communication tower on March 6, 2014 in Oakland, California. The U.S. Labor Department is asking mobile phone providers to increase safety training for crews who perform work on cell tower sites in the United States. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), more tower site workers died in 2013 than in the previous two years combined and four workers have died in the first weeks of 2014. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

FCC takes $200 million bite out of wireless carriers for sharing location data

The FCC said T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T and Verizon sold customers’ location data and outsourced user consent requirements.
Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Ohio, speaks alongside fellow Freedom Caucus members during a press conference. A bill sponsored by Davidson to limit law enforcement and intelligence agencies from purchasing personal data about Americans passed the House on April 17, 2024. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

House passes bill to limit personal data purchases by law enforcement, intelligence agencies

The bill’s passage was cheered by privacy advocates, but faces an uncertain future in the Senate and with the White House.
A bipartisan compromise bill on privacy in Congress would bring transparency to the data broker industry. Some experts believe that’s insufficient. (Image Credit: WLDavies via Getty Images)

Congressional privacy bill looks to rein in data brokers 

Experts say the American Privacy Rights Act is a good first step but that more can be done to protect consumers from the sale of their personal…
Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Rohit Chopra delivers remarks on relieving medical debt during an event in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, next to the White House, in Washington, DC, on April 11, 2022. (Stefani Reynolds / AFP)

CFPB’s proposed data rules would improve security, privacy and competition

By giving the public greater control over their banking data, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's proposal would deal a blow to data brokers.
Pedestrians walk inside newly installed “bike rack” barricades outside the U.S. Capitol on March 21, 2023 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

How Congress can rein in data brokers

Know your customer rules are a first step to address the risks of sensitive data — including on U.S. military servicemembers — sold online.