Monday, December 09, 2019

COPRA could implement California-style CCPA rules on websites and social media nationally


Adam Schwartz of Electronic Frontier Foundation discusses Sen. Maria Cantwell’s legislation Consumer Online Privacy Rights Act (COPRA) , referring to a Washington Post story by Tony Romm Nov. 26.  I don’t know if the bill has been introduced yet.


The new bill is especially strong on denying “pay for privacy” schemes in social media.

A recent scandal reported on CNET (my ID theft blog) notes that there are several aggressive data collection companies, not well know to the public, guilty of massive breaches recently.

The bill is said to be similar in some ways to California’s CCPA and would not override stronger state laws. It would seem to resemble Europe's GDPR also (see post yesterday about an issue David Pakman reports). 
  
But I would want to stress the idea that funding the Web (especially self-publishing without ephemeral intent on major social media platforms) with persistent identifiers (cookies) is becoming unsustainable (which is another reason there are so many paywalls).  But for years this mechanism has allowed “free riders” (like me) who do little commerce get found – because other people will pay attention to ads even if I don’t.  It becomes like a herd health model thing.

Families with children, and single women, and sometimes the elderly and poor, are much more vulnerable to data theft than well-off single men (including LGBT). '



  
There has been some controversy Monday morning over (Twitter) suspension / banning of several journalists for posting screenshots of other materials about the Saudi gunman in Florida.  This is disturbing and murky (as to the law) and I’ll get to it when I have time to get more facts.  If somebody wrote a manifesto threatening to me, I’d want the right to see it.

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