A Group 13 businesses pleaded with the U.S. law that will limit the power of large digital firms like Alphabet’s Google and Facebook was approved by Congress on Tuesday. Companies that promote themselves as pro-privacy, like DuckDuckGo, Mozilla, Proton, and others, have indicated support for a plan that would outlaw self-preferencing by giant Tech platforms like Google and Amazon.com.
Senator Amy Klobuchar, who chairs the Senate’s antitrust committee, has spent most of the summer pleading with the Senate to approve the law. Democrat Amy Klobuchar and Republican Chuck Grassley are the bill’s chief sponsors, and while they claim to have the necessary 60 votes to approve it, the likelihood that it will really become law this year is dwindling.
The companies claimed that the large digital giants had used their sway to discourage customers from using services that provide more privacy safeguards in a letter to Senate and House leadership. While increasing numbers of Americans are adopting privacy-first technology, they said in their letter that “certain powerful businesses still utilize their gatekeeper status to hinder competition and restrict consumer choice.”