Survey: 82% think Congress should do more in 2019 to regulate big tech

The new Data Care Act proposed by Democrats, just one day after Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s House hearing, could be just what the majority of Americans really want.

A new Online Privacy Survey* from ExpressVPN reveals that 82% of Americans think U.S. Congress should do more in 2019 to regulate how technology companies collect and process your online personal data, and 54% think Democrats will do a better job handling issues related to online privacy and security (vs. Republicans).

The survey also reports that 47% of Americans think “Online Privacy” should be more of a priority than “Immigration” (53%), and 46% of Americans think “Online Privacy” should be more of a priority than “Foreign Policy” (56%).

“Online privacy is rapidly becoming a key “kitchen table” issue in America. In fact, a survey commissioned by ExpressVPN shows 43% of Americans think online privacy should be a greater priority for Congress than immigration. It’s no surprise, given what a disastrous year 2018 was for data privacy and security—beginning with news of Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal and ending with data breaches at Marriott, Quora, and Google all being revealed within days of one another. Privacy is a fundamental right, and internet users should be in control of their personal data and how it should be used.” –Harold Li, vice president at ExpressVPN

The survey goes on to show that 89% of Americans think they should be able to choose whether technology companies (like Google, Facebook, Apple, Verizon) can share their online personal data, and 90% think those same companies should do more in 2019 to self-regulate how they collect and share their online personal data.

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*Methodology: A national online survey of 1,010 U.S. consumers, ages 18+ was conducted by Propeller Insights, on November 27, 2018, on behalf of ExpressVPN. All survey responses were nationally representative to the U.S. population for age, gender, region and ethnicity. The age ranges include Millennials (aged 18–34), Gen X (aged 35–54), Baby Boomers (aged 55–74)


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