When you have an online discussion with a friend, and then start getting advertisements on that subject, it’s because Big Tech companies are monitoring you, House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) warned Thursday.
In an interview on Fox News Channel’s “The Faulkner Focus,” Rep. Scalise revealed that a new Republican task force is looking into how Big Tech companies are profiting from collecting information about consumers without their knowledge:
“All of our leading Republicans in those subject areas are going to be focused on how to hold Big Tech more accountable. And also, by the way, standing up for transparency and for the privacy rights of everyday Americans who right now, no matter what app you're using, they're tracking things that you may not even realize.”
What’s more, “There's very little way for a consumer to find out exactly what is being tracked on their device,” Scalise warned.
“Look, I used to write software for a living. I have a Computer Science degree,” Scalise said, declaring that online “privacy is the next realm” of concern for Americans:
“One of the things you've got to look at now is privacy is the next realm. And you don't pay for apps anymore – it’s because they're aggregating data from people who use these apps and people have very little information about just what is being tracked, just what data is being collected and then sold unbeknownst mostly to the consumer. It’s very hard to even find what that information is that they’re tracking and selling in aggregate form.”
“We're looking into all of that and putting a task force together so that we can come up with true legislative proposals,” Rep. Scalise promised.