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Most Americans Want the Government to Do More to Protect Our Data. Few Think It Will Happen


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Artist's conception of data privacy.

A study by the Pew Research Center found most Americans want the government to implement additional regulations regarding the use of consumer data, but doubt that will happen.

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A Pew Research Center study found 75% of Americans desire greater government regulation of consumer data, and businesses' use of that data—yet about an equal percentage doubt the government will hold companies accountable for misuse.

Pew's Lee Rainie cited Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal and similar incidents as undermining public faith in government efforts; critics also argue the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC)'s prosecution of major data breaches has not been sufficient.

The FTC said the Pew study adds credibility to its recommendation that Congress enact new federal privacy laws, to further empower the agency to shield consumers from data misuse.

Hindrances to authoring bipartisan data privacy legislation include disagreement about a federal measure's authority to preempt state statutes, and whether private citizens and groups can sue companies for privacy violations.

With apparent Congressional inaction, the University of Colorado's Margot Kaminsky said consumers should expect "a wave" of state legislation.

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