FILE - This Jan. 28, 2015, file photo, shows the Federal Trade Commission building in Washington. Consumer advocates and the data-hungry technology industry are drawing early battle lines in advance of an expected fight over a national privacy law. Privacy organizations on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, suggested sidelining the Federal Trade Commission with a new data-protection agency empowered to police U.S. industry. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Battle lines forming ahead of a looming US privacy law fight

January 17, 2019 - 12:19 am

Privacy advocates are calling for a new federal agency to oversee consumer data privacy. The organizations' plan would sideline the Federal Trade Commission and strengthen digital privacy protections for U.S. citizens.

In contrast, a D.C. think tank backed by technology companies is advocating for all federal privacy plans to be rolled back in favor of a new national law. The plan from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation would still allow companies to collect many kinds of data.

The opposing plans are early signs of a battle to come this year over what federal privacy legislation should look like. Many senators and privacy experts are calling for a broad federal law after Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal last year and continuing data missteps at big tech companies.

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