U.S. #Congress Could Require #Facebook To Build More Open #API Under New Bill; #BigTech #Regulation #Privacy

New York (The Verge) — Congress could require Facebook to build more open APIs under new bill theverge.com/2019/10/22/209….

The “Augmenting Compatibility and Competition by Enabling Service Switching” (ACCESS) Act would, in theory, incentivize tech giants like Facebook and Google to make their services interoperable with those provided by smaller companies.

The “Augmenting Compatibility and Competition by Enabling Service Switching” (ACCESS) Act would, in theory, force tech giants like Facebook and Google to make their services interoperable with those provided by smaller companies. In a press release announcing the bill, the senators claimed that by requiring data interoperability and portability for platforms, the legislation would encourage more competition in the social networking and messaging markets.

The bill would require platforms to maintain interfaces, similar to APIs, that would facilitate the “secure transfer of user data” to both a user or a competing service in a “commonly used, machine-readable format.”

The bill would require platforms to maintain interfaces, similar to APIs, that would facilitate the “secure transfer of user data” to both a user or a competing service in a “commonly used, machine-readable format.”

As part of Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation, tech companies are already required to roll out new import and export tools for data, but the ACCESS Act is more involved, forcing these platforms to create new interfaces that their direct competitors have access to. The bill was spearheaded by tech hawk Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) and a bipartisan pair of colleagues, Sens. Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). Makena Kelly/@verge

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