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Senator Sanders Proposes Commission on Privacy Rights in Digital Age

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has introduced a bill to establish a federal Privacy Commission. The Commission on Privacy Rights in the Digital Age would convene for two years to "examine the ways in which public agencies and private companies gather data on the people of the United States and the ways in which that data is utilized." The Commission would also "make recommendations concerning potential policy changes needed to safeguard the privacy" of Americans. EPIC has repeatedly urged Congress to establish a privacy agency. As EPIC explained in Senate testimony, similar agencies in other countries "routinely report on the handling of privacy complaints, the emergence of new privacy issues, and proposed measures to protect privacy." The United States is one of the few democratic countries in the world that does not have a federal privacy agency.

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