The convergence of the General Data Protection Regulation and the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election has created a perfect privacy storm. Social media platforms’ complacency on this front, and the resulting public backlash, have further amplified the pressure on legislatures to react. Although state legislatures have been quick to do so (most notably California, which passed a sweeping new privacy law in June), Congress has not.
Recently, Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) issued a draft white paper proposing 20 policy approaches to combat these issues. The proposals seek to enhance user privacy, increase transparency, and dam the deluge of misinformation that, to date, has run through social media platforms largely unchecked.