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Self-regulation does not work when it comes to protecting users’ information

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For better or worse, social media platforms like Facebook connect people and spread information faster than ever. In the process, they collect huge amounts of personal data.

Over the years, Facebook has repeatedly apologized for failing its users. Now, it’s apologizing for having been used to facilitate interference in the 2016 election.

Self-regulation does not work when it comes to protecting users’ information. The time for apologies is over. It’s time for Congress to act. That’s why I introduced the Secure and Protect Americans’ Data Act to establish data security standards and require prompt notification when data is misused.

Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Ranking Member, House Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Subcommittee

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