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Companies Fighting For Data Privacy Across The US Want The Senate To Revive ‘Big Tech Surveillance’ Bill

Many companies forming the tech alliance are coming forward and asking the Senate to revive an old bill targeting big tech surveillance.

The group is comprised of several firms whose main goal is data privacy. And they’re now uniting to sign a letter that requests the US Congress to intervene and schedule a meeting where a vote can be decided for the bill.

This bill intended to put an end to data collection being carried out by some of the biggest names in the tech industry. So it would put an end to data collection that’s been carried out by tech giants. Similarly, it would allow users access to many of their privacy tools on the web.

The letter was seen being addressed to the big names in the Senate, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. This is where the alliance argued about the continuous suppression of the AICOA.

Here, dominant firms were allowed to restrict competition and user choice whenever they gained access to privacy-focused technologies. Similarly, accusations were hurled toward forcing so many users into accepting any laid out policy belonging to these dominant firms because these leaders called themselves gatekeepers.

Hence, their influential position in this tech world meant they could attain anything and everything easily and even steer many away from archrivals, whose main goal was maintaining user privacy.

Common signatures on the letter included the likes of Mozilla, DuckDuckGo, Proton, Brave, and more. There were quite a few others that hailed from different sectors like VPN, Search, web browsers, and a lot more.

This letter brought into perspective a very important aspect of the situation. And that’s related to how the US tech market today is free. And these smaller firms want justice in the form of freedom from the big names that are indirectly paving the way for a monopoly.

But as we all know, so many big tech firms like Google and Meta have significant lobbying power. And that’s why their economic interests take higher precedence over the online privacy of their users.

In this particular case, it does not seem that small tech firms would be able to convince politicians that already have been influenced by big names in the tech world. Hence, chances for the AICOA bill getting suppressed are little to none.

Hence, the hopes are little of it being discussed, let alone passed back into the country’s law.

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