Sen. Ron Wyden helped create the Big Tech industry. Now he wants to hold it accountable. - 2020-08-05

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F0.png Sen. Ron Wyden helped create the Big Tech industry. Now he wants to hold it accountable. August 5, 2020, Sara Morrison, Vox

Sen. Ron Wyden is ready to send the CEO of Facebook to prison, and he has the bill to do it.

"When Mark Zuckerberg tells a whopper to the federal government about his privacy policy, not only would he face a fine, but he can face prison time!" Wyden said. In October 2019, he introduced the Mind Your Own Business Act, which he hopes will create a set of privacy and security standards that Big Tech companies and data brokers must follow and hold people like Zuckerberg accountable if they don't — especially if they lie to the government about it. "Nobody else has said, 'Hey, if you rip people off that way, you're gonna face the prospect of time in prison.'"

I get the distinct impression that the Oregon Democrat doesn't like being lied to. Wyden is not alone; several of his colleagues were similarly outraged when a 2018 New York Times report about Facebook's data-sharing agreements cast doubt on the veracity of the CEO's earlier testimony that the company doesn't sell data. But Wyden's the only one who wrote the law that made it possible for the social media giant to exist.

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