back to article A federal watchdog to police Big Tech? Yeah, that'll do the trick, senators...

Two US Senators have proposed legislation to create a government commission to tame Big Tech, an often uttered goal on both sides of the political aisle that has yet to be realized. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Thursday introduced a bill called the Digital Consumer Protection Commission Act of 2023, …

  1. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    Gotta keep trying

    Anything that risks reducing revenue and imposing restrictions on Big Money is anathema in The Land of the Free (to be fleeced), so the US of A still doesn't have a proper privacy bill.

    Because of that, side efforts like this have to be put in place, or at least attempted. Funnily enough, when talking privacy, these politicians use much of the same arguments that are found in the GDPR. You know, that thing that US politicians poo-poohed back when it came out.

    But that's the thing. Privacy is pravacy, no matter where you are on the political spectrum.

    Welcome additions to this effort are the non-competetive clauses, despite what the so-called Chamber of Progress (yeah, progress seems to be best when it stays still) declares.

    Oh well, the USA will continue to bump against the walls on this until sanity prevails.

    Because sanity will prevail, one day.

  2. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

    For Your Information Furthering Your Intelligence ..... the Actual Naked Truth

    In recent years, the FTC has been the American watchdog most concerned with policing digital platforms as part of its mandate to protect competition and consumers.

    You might like to consider the alternative new clearer view now that the bigger pictures of the colossal collapse are slowly rapidly unfolding.

    In recent years, the FTC has been the American watchdog most concerned with policing misleading digital platforms as part of its mandate to prevent opposition and competition from public consumers and private enterprises alike.

    And yes, I agree, it is not something to like....... and it should be voted down by all realising the self-serving deception providing for the manic self-inflicted suicidal defeat which is supplied by both entries and retreats into documented insanity and certifiable madness.

    And another thing that is absolutely certain ...... if you don’t recognise and accept that something is a problem, will you never ever be able or enabled to find and be responsible and lauded for its resolute solution/eradication/annihilation.

  3. mpi Silver badge

    Because all those "watchdogs" are doing such a sterling job... policing the internal workings of politics in the good 'ol US, amirite?

    1. ecofeco Silver badge

      Re: Because all those "watchdogs" are doing such a sterling job...

      Don't blame the agencies. The GOP have been cutting their funding for decades.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Saved by the Bahamas

      Yesterday it was reported that SBF's prosecutors would drop charges of conspiracy to make unlawful campaign contributions. Why? The given reason was that prosecutors had failed to obtain permission from the government of the Bahamas for that charge when SBF was extradited from the island nation in December.

      Background - according to a now removed report on Roll Call: "FTX leaders’ political donations topped $1M weeks before bankruptcy"Contributions went to more than 40 percent of Congress. Worth reading! But you will now have to get it from the Wayback Machine:

      The figures make it very clear that both parties are party to fleecing Democracy.

      Saved by .... the Bahamas?

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Apologies to Seth McFarlane...

    "They may just be neurotic.

    Or possible psychotic.

    They're the fellas at the freakin FTC! "

  5. Simian Surprise

    Gotta love delegation of authority

    Is it just me, or does this look like Congress deciding that it won't ever manage to agree on any substantive legislation on (say) digital privacy, but just *maybe* it can agree to have someone else make the decisions, so that going forward the Rs can blame the Ds on the committee for decisions they don't like, and vice versa?

    And we get yet another group of regulators who we have even less ability to influence.


    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Gotta love delegation of authority

      Less ability to influence, more opportunity to be endowed with campaign contributions.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Lets see what happens.

    There is a lot of regulatory gaming from the Tech companies. Nvidia and Intel on chip subsidies/China for example. Now their stance is to try and skirt sanctions to do business with China. This is after using China as an excuse for bigger chip making subsidies earlier.

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