A new bill from Sen. Josh Hawley (R., Mo.) would give Americans the ability to easily block internet companies such as Google and Facebook from collecting any data beyond what is necessary for the specific online services offered.
Hawley, who has focused a considerable amount of attention on data collection in his first months as a lawmaker, wants to give individuals the ability to join a “Do Not Track” list with a single click in their browser’s settings. He says companies have gotten “incredibly rich” off collecting data from individuals who haven’t consented.
“Big tech companies collect incredible amounts of deeply personal, private data from people without giving them the option to meaningfully consent,” Hawley said.
“They have gotten incredibly rich by employing creepy surveillance tactics on their users, but too often the extent of this data extraction is only known after a tech company irresponsibly handles the data and leaks it all over the internet,” he said.