Privacy bill could come early next year

A  bill to give the federal government authority to collect civil penalties if a company misuses online consumer data or allows it to be stolen may be drafted early next year, the New York Times reports. "A subcommittee of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee discussed elements of the bill on Tuesday, including the possibility that the Federal Trade Commission could be given the authority as enforcer to oversee telecommunications companies and non-profits, exact civil penalties and create regulations."

One important question for consumers is whether the bill will preempt a California law that gives consumers more control over how companies collect and manage their personal information, including allowing consumers to request data be deleted and to opt out of having data sold to third parties.

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