Facebook Lobbyists Are Trying To Stop An Online Privacy Bill

Privacy symbol with digital globe, 3d renderFacebook talks a lot about protecting user privacy, but when push comes to shove, the site often takes the opposite stance. That’s what happened this week when lobbyists for the site fought against a proposed bill that would require websites to obtain users’ opt-in consent before collecting web browsing and app usage history.

The Internet Association, a lobbying group founded by Facebook, Google and other tech giants, spoke out against the proposed bill, which would apply a much stricter opt-in standard. Websites and Internet providers must let users opt out of data sharing, but there are no rules requiring user consent in the first place.

“This bill has the potential to upend the consumer experience online and stifle innovation,” the Internet Association said in a statement. “Policymakers must recognize that websites and apps continue to be under strict FTC privacy enforcement and are not in an enforcement gap, unlike other stakeholders in the ecosystem.”

The group’s defense of current rules is a bit baffling; would users really be upset if they were informed their information was being mined by Facebook? Of course, what Facebook and other tech companies really want is to continue accessing our data unimpeded.