Microsoft Wants US Privacy Law to Put Burden On Tech Companies


Microsoft’s Deputy General Counsel Julie Brill writes a blog to note down the first year anniversary of European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation(GDPR). GDPR empowers the people to surf the Internet freely and engage on any other website without compromising on the personal data stored on the Internet.

The GDPR has made the companies install the systems that will help the users to know why and what of the information is collected and also delete it or move it if they want. Jim Brill says “This has improved how companies handle their customers’ personal data. And it has inspired a global movement that has seen countries around the world adopt new privacy laws that are modeled on GDPR.”

In the US there are multiple laws such as  California’s Consumer Privacy Act and Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act, but there is no US Federal legislation regarding the privacy of the data. Various tech giants such as Facebook, Google, and Apple have called out for the data privacy law but in Microsoft’s vision, it wants the tech companies to take the burden of the protecting personal data from the users.

“This places an unreasonable — and unworkable — burden on individuals,” Brill wrote in the post. “Strong federal privacy should not only empower consumers to control their data, it also should place accountability obligations on the companies that collect and use sensitive personal information,” Julie Brill mentioned in the blog.

She also says that Microsoft is helping its customers to meet their own privacy obligations which are making the job of game developers to easily comply with GDPR.  “Despite the high level of interest in exercising control over personal data from U.S. consumers, the United States has yet to join the EU and other nations around the world in passing national legislation that accounts for how people use technology in their lives today,” Julien said.

According to statistics, about 1% of the 1.5 Billion Windows users changed their privacy settings while 2.5 Billion people viewed the Google account page and only 20 million people viewed their ads settings. “As I saw first-hand when I served on the Federal Trade Commission, laws currently on the books are simply not strong enough to enable the FTC to protect privacy effectively in today’s complex digital economy,” Brill said.

She also says that it’s time for Congress to take action and enact Federal legislation that extends the privacy protection in GDPR to the American citizens.


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