Biden State of the Union Touches on Data Privacy
President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address briefly touched upon consumer data privacy issues and even brief mentions of a given policy concern raise interest in DC.
Biden said in his remarks on March 1, 2022, “we must hold social media platforms accountable for the national experiment they’re conducting on our children for profit. It’s time to strengthen privacy protections; ban targeted advertising to children; demand tech companies stop collecting personal data on our children.”
Deep in a related fact sheet, the White House provided some more detail for its focus on children’s privacy and stopping “discriminatory algorithmic decision-making that limits opportunities for young Americans.”
Privacy for America, the organization we helped to found to advocate for a comprehensive federal privacy law, responded to Biden’s speech by noting the “significant areas of agreement in proposals advanced by members of both parties on the core principles to extend privacy protections for all Americans, including children, while preserving the many benefits that accompany responsible data use.”
Referencing the recent study of consumer attitudes on privacy conducted by IA members Research Narrative and Innovate MR, Privacy for America looked ahead “to working with the Administration and lawmakers of both parties to make a comprehensive privacy law a reality in the United States.”
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