DuckDuckGo, Proton, and Mozilla are all behind a measure that aimed at Big Tech surveillance

DuckDuckGo, Proton, and Mozilla are all behind a measure that aimed at Big Tech surveillance ...

A group of privacy-focused organizations have signed a letter urging US Congress leaders to schedule a vote on a measure that would hamper data collecting by IT companies and enhance user access to online privacy tools.

In a letter to Congress (opens in a new tab) addressed to Mitch McConnell and Nancy Pelosi, the alliance claimed that the continued suppression of the American Innovation and Choice Online Act (AICOA) (opens in a new tab) allows dominant corporations to limit competition and limit user choice when it comes to privacy-focused technologies and services.

A report by the National Security Council alleged that it was putting users into accepting their policy of constant surveillance because of their roles as gatekeepers and the use of their influence in society to prevent users from becoming more committed to privacy.

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The likes of DuckDuckGo, Proton, Brave, and Mozilla, among others, were among the signing groups, ranging from VPN and search to web browsers, office software.

The text to Congress pledging for the AICOA''s expansion has refuted the notion that the US technology industry is a free market. All 13 signators, all of whom are relatively modest in size, claim that the tech giants deliberately exploit the scope and scope of their product portfolios to enthuse unassailable monopolies.

However, the resources and lobbying force that corporations like Google and Meta have at the disposal of have taken precedence in terms of internet privacy.

As the measure poses a direct threat to large tech companies'' ability to collect data and avoid the push for internet privacy in the United States, it''s probable that tech firms will succeed in persuading politicians to suppress the AICOA, especially because the thirteen-strong group does not have the same resources.

The AICOA is unlikely to be discussed before the November midterms, and even more unlikely to be passed into law by a House of Representatives with a narrow Democratic majority of nine and a evenly split Senate. As for the fate of the bill after the midterms, only time will tell.