The U.S. Needs a Data Protection Agency

Companies and foreign adversaries want to exploit your data. Someone should be looking out for you.

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandSen. Kirsten Gillibrand

Feb 12 · 6 min read

Right now, a great deal of your personal information — public profiles, health data, photos, past purchases, locations, search histories, and much more — is likely scattered across the internet.

And whether you realize it or not, much of that is information that you did not knowingly opt to give.

Your data is extremely valuable to many companies with unknown motives, who are looking to exploit your data for profit. As a result, your very existence is being parsed, split, and sold to the highest bidder, and there is very little you — or anyone, including the federal government — can do about it.

I believe that this needs to be fixed, and that you deserve to be in control of your own data. You have the right to know if companies are using your information for profit. You need a way to protect yourself, and you deserve a place that will look out for you.

That’s why I’m introducing new legislation to create a Data Protection Agency and bring the protection of your privacy and freedom into the digital age.

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