Bobby Rush Probes Tech CEOs on U.S. Privacy After GDPR
Congressman Bobby Rush (D-IL) wants to know if the CEOs of Google, Twitter, Uber, Lyft, Snapchat, Airbnb, and Fitbit are making any changes to ensure user privacy once the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is in effect. The GDPR is a new set of regulations that require organizations to protect the personal data of EU citizens if that data is provided during an interaction within an EU member state. In the letters to the CEOs -- sent ahead of GDPR -- Rush says these companies touch the lives of nearly all Americans and that it is critical that consumers understand what type of privacy guarantees are in place (or not). The letter says that this is especially important since these companies know what websites consumers frequent, what routes they take, what cities they visit, and who they follow. "I don't understand how we've reached a point where we, in the United States, are reliant on a foreign regulation to protect our data," Rush said. “Americans should not have to suffer from weaker protections because of a Republican majority that refuses to even consider meaningful legislation. In the absence of GOP leadership, American companies must set an example that they are truly committed to safeguarding user privacy in our nation by clarifying what aspects of the GDPR will and will not be implemented.” See the letters here.