Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush Asks Airbnb, Fitbit, Google, Lyft, Snapchat, Twitter, and Uber About Their Commitment to User Privacy

May 18, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) sent letters to CEOs of Airbnb (Brian Chesky), Fitbit (James Park), Google (Sundar Pichai), Lyft (Logan Green), Snapchat (Evan Spiegel), Twitter (Jack Dorsey), and Uber (Dara Khosrowshahi) requesting them to specify what changes, if any, they will be making to ensure their users’ privacy considering the upcoming implementation of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

“These companies, which represent some of our nation’s most innovative and trailblazing online social networking, fitness, and travel and transportation companies, touch the lives of nearly all Americans.  Therefore, it is critical that consumers understand what type of privacy guarantees are in place (or not); especially when these companies know what websites we frequent, what routes we take, what cities we visit, and who we follow.  We are now living in a time when Americans demand clarity on how companies will protect personal and private information and what assurances are in place to prevent their information from being shared, sold, or stolen.

“I don’t understand how we’ve reached a point where we, in the United States, are reliant on a foreign regulation to protect our data.  Americans should not have to suffer from weaker protections because of a Republican majority that refuses to even consider meaningful legislation.  In the absence of GOP leadership, American companies must set an example that they are truly committed to safeguarding user privacy in our nation by clarifying what aspects of the GDPR will and will not be implemented.”

The full letters can be read below: