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Senate Bill Would Ban Social Networks' Social Engineering Tricks

Bill takes aim at tactics used to convince people to give up their personal data, designing games that addict kids, and more.

A new Senate bill seeks to end those barrages of misleading prompts that say "turn on notifications" when they mean "give us all your everything."

The Deceptive Experiences To Online Users Reduction (DETOUR) Act was introduced Tuesday by senators Deb Fischer (R-NE) and Mark R. Warner (D-VA). It could be included in a national data privacy bill being drafted by the Senate Commerce Committee, according to Sen. Warner in a CNBC interview (via Reuters).

The bill takes aim at some of the sneakier tactics social media companies use to coerce people into handing over their personal information. It would also prohibit the companies from choosing groups of people for behavioral experiments without first obtaining informed consent. Online platforms that have over 100 million active users per month would also be prohibited from designing addictive games for children under the age of 13.

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