The US government and tech companies are working together to develop a technology that can protect users from data breaches and snoopers, according to the US Federal Trade Commission.
The FTC announced Tuesday that the agency will release a report on how to improve the way technology companies protect customers’ privacy and data, a process it is calling “the Privacy and Security of Electronic Documents Act.”
The FTC has previously found that the technology companies’ security practices have made them vulnerable to the kinds of hacks and spyware attacks that have affected Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, and others.
In its report, the FTC said that the Privacy and Safety of Electronic documents Act “could serve as a blueprint for companies to protect their privacy and security by creating tools that help protect their customers’ data and data that they own and control.”
The FTC said the law provides the agency the authority to use Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act to help companies protect their users’ data from third parties.
“We are committed to ensuring that Americans’ online information and data is protected, and we are working with our counterparts at the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commissions to develop the legislation needed to achieve that goal,” FTC Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen said in a statement.
The Privacy and Standards in Electronic Commerce Act (PISA) was signed into law in 2013, and is intended to prevent companies from becoming snooped on by their customers, the government, and other third parties through the use of data or information that’s stored on their systems.
The law also requires companies to collect data that the government considers relevant to an investigation or investigation, such as who owns the content of messages or other communications, when the user sends or receives a message, and whether a user has engaged in illegal activity.
The bill is still in the process of being updated by Congress, but the FTC expects it will be in place by the end of the year.