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Big U.S. tech firms are launching a lobbying campaign to get Congress to enact a federal privacy law. Their motive? Stave off sweeping data privacy laws like the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation or California’s own stateside attempt for internet privacy protections, The New York Times reported over the weekend.

But who are some of the lobbyists behind tech’s push to get a federal privacy law? One group leading the effort is the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), a trade group that is also a political action committee. The council is funded by Intel Corp., Honeywell, Microsoft, Amazon.com Inc., Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Texas Instruments Inc., according to the nonprofit, nonpartisan and independent Center for Responsive Politics, at OpenSecrets.org.  

ITI Council spokesman Jose Castaneda, when contacted by this publication on Tuesday, said the organization would not speak further on its lobbying efforts for a federal privacy law, but confirmed ITI’s participation in the legislative effort. Castaneda also said that no specific federal internet privacy legislation supported by the group had yet been introduced in Congress.

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