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Klobuchar addresses Capitol hearing on consumer and data protections

At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on data protection and opt-ins, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., addressed the need to protect consumers' data and privacy.

Klobuchar pressed a panel of privacy experts and representatives from tech companies on notice of breach, opt-out and current legislation to protect consumers' personal information, according to a news release.

Klobuchar raised the following issues:

• Legislation to protect the privacy of consumers' online data: The Social Media Privacy and Consumer Rights Act.

"This is a very important matter. We actually just recently had a hearing on this in the Commerce Committee," Klobuchar said at the hearing. "I made the point that the reason this is happening is because the companies have been lobbying against privacy legislation for years and nothing has happened in Congress. Sen. (John) Kennedy and I have a bill—while not perfect—it's a bipartisan bill that has a number of provisions, including notice of breach."

• Tax on ad revenue from large online platforms that would fund cybersecurity and media literacy.

"This past weekend I brought up this idea ... about how the individual consumer is monetized basically," Klobuchar said. "They are a product, they are a commodity to many companies. One idea would be — for large platforms, for large amounts of data—that some kind of tax be placed on them, not on the consumer, when they use that data or transfer that data and then that money could go back to the consumers or it could go back for cybersecurity for our country."

• Legislation to help prevent foreign interference in future elections and improve the transparency of online political advertisements: The Honest Ads Act.

"The Honest Ads Act is something that I've been fighting for — for more rules for the road for political advertising ... it simply says that for ads that are political in nature that it has a disclaimer of who's paying for them—so you know who is paying for them—so it is disclosed," Klobuchar said. "And in fact, that's what you do for newspaper, TV, and radio, but you have billions of dollars spent in online political ads."