By Levi Sumagaysay | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: January 17, 2019 at 6:00 am | UPDATED: January 17, 2019 at 6:03 am State and federal lawmakers have pushed for privacy laws after myriad online breaches and scandals. Now, saying the United States faces a “crisis,” advocacy groups are going a step further and calling for a new data protection agency. “The U.S. needs a federal agency focused on privacy protection, compliance with data protection obligations, and emerging privacy challenges,” an alliance of more than a dozen groups — including Bay Area-based Color of Change, Center for Media Justice and Berkeley Media Studies group — said Thursday. They said the agency, unlike the Federal Trade Commission, should have rule-making authority. “Digital giants invade our private lives, spy on our families, and gather our most intimate facts for profit,” the groups said in the proposal. “Each innovation – whether it’s talking home assistants, new social media tools or software for schools – is designed to spy on families and children,” said Josh Golin, executive director of Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, one of the groups in the alliance, in a statement. Sixteen groups launched the effort. They also include the… Read full this story
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