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IA Statement on Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee Hearing

Washington, D.C. – Today, IA President and CEO K. Dane Snowden released the following statement after the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing on pending legislation:

“Internet Association commends members of Congress on both sides of the aisle for their commitment to a robust dialogue about the challenges and opportunities before us. 

“There is nothing our industry takes more seriously than the responsibility we have to create positive spaces for all users, particularly children. That is why we remain committed to working with parents and caregivers, law enforcement, and educators to protect children online.

“The internet industry continues to innovate and evolve solutions, including algorithms, to deliver content that enables opportunities to learn, connect, and engage. Section 230 is vital to the ability to improve algorithms and, without it, the internet as we know it could not exist. IA supports targeted approaches to improve the user experience, like a national privacy framework, and is encouraged by comprehensive proposals in Congress to protect consumers’ data.

“Still, we must remain cautious of the consequences of many of the bills being considered. In many cases, the user experience and user-generated content would be at risk. We look forward to continuing to engage with members of both parties on current and future legislation in order to ensure the internet remains safe, accessible, and beneficial for all.”