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Lawmakers Call for Digital Bill of Rights

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

June 13, 2012

Two U.S. lawmakers have called for a digital bill of rights to protect Internet users, The Hill reports. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) say bills like the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) indicate the need for a provision to protect Internet freedom from regulations. Wyden said the digital bill of rights, which declares users' rights to equality, privacy, sharing and property on the Internet, is part of his vision of "changing power in Washington, DC," and would give the average Internet user more power. A draft of the bill has been posted on Issa's website for public feedback.
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