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OPINION: Tech Companies Want to Write Their Own Rules on Data Privacy. Don’t Let Them.

by Brianna Auffray and Hillary Haden


The collection and processing of personal data is what makes many of our digital interactions possible. It’s what allows you to search your Gmail inbox or get personalized recommendations for movies. But the practice has also brought us what Harvard business professor Shoshana Zuboff has termed “surveillance capitalism.” An entire industry now exists to collect and sell your data to companies, which in turn use it to learn more about you and determine how you’re likely to behave in the future. 

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UPDATE: Sen. Patty Murray Not Present to Vote on Bipartisan Amendment That Would Have Increased Online Privacy

by Carolyn Bick


Washington State Sen. Patty Murray (D) was among the four United States senators who didn’t vote on a bipartisan amendment that would have prevented law enforcement agencies from obtaining Americans’ internet search histories and web browsing activities without a warrant.

The amendment to H.R. 6172 needed 60 in-person votes to pass, and failed by one vote, according to Gizmodo. Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and Ben Sasse (R-NE) were the other three senators who did not vote, though Alexander is currently in self-isolation, after a member of his staff tested positive for COVID-19.

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