As Zuck testifies to Senate, Democrats propose tough opt-in privacy law

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Two Democratic US senators today proposed a "privacy bill of rights" that would prevent Facebook and other websites from sharing or selling sensitive information without a customer's opt-in consent.

The proposed law would protect customers' Web browsing and application usage history, private messages, and any sensitive personal data such as financial and health information.

"The avalanche of privacy violations by Facebook and other online companies has reached a critical threshold, and we need legislation that makes consent the law of the land," Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) said in an announcement.

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