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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Proposes Measure to Establish Data Protection Agency

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Kirsten Gillibrand
Kirsten Gillibrand

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) has introduced a bill that would set up an independent federal agency to protect personal data and advance data privacy.

The proposed Data Protection Agency would enforce data protection rules and privacy statutes, address complaints and launch investigations related to data protection concerns, Gillibrand wrote in an article posted Thursday on Medium website.

The agency proposed under the Data Protection Act would develop and offer resources such as privacy enhancing technologies to help minimize the collection of personal information as well as protect against “pay-for-privacy” provisions in service contracts.

Gillibrand noted that the agency would also advise Congress on encryption, Deepfakes and other emerging technology and privacy issues and represent the country at international forums on data privacy.