Lawmakers in Washington state are pushing for a new privacy law that would attempt to give consumers more control over the information that big tech companies and data brokers collect about them.
The bill, proposed by state Sen. Reuven Carlyle, would give consumers the right to see what data is collected about them and find out whether that information is being sold to a third party. It would require companies to allow consumers to correct inaccurate information, delete their personal data, and object to their personal data being used in direct marketing. The bill would also put new regulations on companies developing facial recognition software, such as the state’s homegrown tech giants Amazon and Microsoft.
The proposal comes after a year in which scandals and breaches have shed light on how tech companies use consumer data, sparking regulatory scrutiny from state and federal legislators.
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