Nilay Patel reports on Senator Franken’s emergence as the congressional voice of the people against corporations, for The Verge:
Franken opened by talking about his opposition to both the NBC / Comcast merger and the failed AT&T / T-Mobile deal, but he was most blunt about the privacy threat facing internet users every day. Consumers are “out on a limb when it comes to legal protections” for personal information, said Franken, who lamented that the protections citizens have against government intrusion against privacy don’t apply to corporations.
The Fourth Amendment doesn’t apply to corporations. The Freedom of Information Act doesn’t apply to Silicon Valley. And you can’t impeach Google if it breaks its “Don’t be evil” campaign pledge.
Franken went on to say that simply relying on the market to protect against gross violations of privacy is fine in theory, but that companies like Google and Facebook have become so dominant that the market itself is constrained. “What we’re seeing is that, just like Americans’ pocketbooks and access to information, their right to privacy can be a casualty of anti-competitive practices,” said Franken. “When a company is able to establish a dominant market position, consumers lose meaningful choices.”…
[continues at The Verge]