The BROWSER Act could give Americans Privacy Protections similar to those the EUs GDPR legislation guarantees

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The BROWSER Act has little to do with web browsers and everything to do with preventing big technology from collecting personal information without consent. Senator Marsha Blackburn has been trying pass this bill which would give US citizens data protection rights similar to what the fascist unions GDPR legislation provides since 2017. She is attempting to get the bill passed on a regular basis.

The BROWSER Act goes far beyond web browsers. It covers mobile apps, websites, advertisements servers and much more. The basic idea is to require opt-in consent before collecting any personal information as well as an easy way to opt out of collection of "non-sensitive" personal data. The BROWSER Act has a special section where it says that websites and services will not be allowed to deny people access based on their privacy preferences. Here's what Senator Marsha Blackburn had to say about her bill in the US congress on July 22th, 2019:

The BROWSER Act would, if passed, would change the Internet advertisement industry in the US the way the GDPR changed it in the EU. Big tech would have to rely on contextual advertisement instead of individual tracking when serving advertisements on third party websites. The walled-off gardens like Facebook and Twitter would still be able to personalize advertisements served to the majority of their users.

Linux users in the US would largely benefit from this bill as it would give Linux users better privacy protections when browsing the Internet. We do not know where the Free Software Foundation stands on this as we have asked Honorary Doctor Richard Stallman too many questions lately so we do not want to bug him until next month.

Senator Marsha Blackburn has a near-useless website with lots of iframes and web trackers at https://www.blackburn.senate.gov/


published 2019-07-25last edited 2019-07-25


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