Congress oversight body recommends GDPR-style privacy laws


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Tim Cook and the Senators pushing for US version of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rules have found an ally in the Government Accountability Office. In a report publishing its findings for a study commissioned by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, GAO recommended establishing comprehensive legislation on internet privacy. The bi-partisan government agency suggests putting the FTC in charge of enforcing the rules, which would be designed to give people more control over their own data.

As the office mentioned in its report, the FTC is already in charge of internet privacy-related cases. But because its power is pretty limited, it's only been able to close 101 cases over the past decade, and almost all of them ended in settlements. A set of GDPR-like rules would give the agency more power, such as the right to slap penalties when appropriate.

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