New FTC bureau to police Big Tech?

Who in the federal government should police data abuses by tech companies — and how do you make sure they aren’t hopelessly outgunned against the vast resources of Silicon Valley?

Those questions have puzzled lawmakers on Capitol Hill for years. A bipartisan cast of lawmakers have long called on Congress to supercharge existing agencies with an influx of cash, while some Democrats have pushed for the creation of a new digitally focused regulator altogether.

But House Democrats this week took a major step toward uniting on an answer by pushing for the nation’s current top data privacy watchdog, the Federal Trade Commission, to get a huge funding boost.

















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