POLITICS 07/27/2018 12:06 pm ET What can a past failure tell us about the current privacy push? By Paul Blumenthal WASHINGTON ― Regulating big tech companies like Facebook is hot again. Members of Congress are talking about it. Advocacy groups are pushing for it. CEOs like Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg are making vague promises that they’ll consider accepting it. And now the Trump administration is in talks with big players like Facebook and Google to press for new rules. Don’t buy the hype. All of this has happened before. The last big blowup over privacy occurred less than a decade ago, when Washington policymakers zeroed in on the pervasive tracking of internet users by tech platforms, advertisers and data brokers. That time, the pro-regulation folks failed utterly. Here’s what happened. The Proposal America’s last big fight over internet privacy began in the final years of the 2000s, when concerns over consumer privacy violations had started to trouble lawmakers and the public. In 2007, pro-privacy technologists first proposed Do Not Track, developing a simple way to let online users send a signal from their browser ordering websites and trackers not to collect their data. The problem was getting stakeholders who make money off of tracking to… Read full this story
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