Lawmakers Put Consumer Data at Risk

In 2021, Washington D.C. had the country’s highest rate of identity theft, with over 1,700 reports per 100,000 residents. This ranking should make Congress more sensitive to the risks of consumer data. However, some lawmakers on Capitol Hill are still willing to risk data safety in their attempts to rein in big tech companies. One example […]

Antitrust Legislation Repeats the Same Mistakes in Agriculture as in Tech

While federal antitrust efforts have been primarily focused on big tech platforms, a recent piece of legislation expands this focus to include large agriculture firms, colloquially known as big ag. Unfortunately, the same mistakes that plague proposed big tech legislation are being replicated in the new agriculture bill. Instead of codifying ‘big is bad’—whether in […]

The Hill: Action to Break Up ‘Big Tech’ Will Mean Price Hikes

It is evident that the Senate bill under consideration would “create more problems than it solves,” especially under the current economic uncertainty. As elections approach, Congress should consider addressing issues that consumers and voters care about, like inflation, and not destroy the competitive online marketplace that offers consumers more options at lower prices. Prioritizing legislation that consumers […]

FDA’s Decision to Ban JUUL E-cigarettes Will Jeopardize American Lives

Today’s announcement by the FDA that JUUL’s vaping products will be ordered off the market is another stark reminder of the agency’s forgotten mission to protect the health of American consumers. The scientific evidence clearly shows that e-cigarettes and vaping products, while not totally safe, are 95% safer than combustible tobacco products and twice as […]

Focus on Antitrust Ignores Voters’ Biggest Worries

The United States Congress is arguably the most powerful deliberative body on the planet. The decisions taken, and sometimes not taken, in the House of Representatives and Senate have the power to shape and reshape people’s lives, not just in America but across the world. With this great power, however, comes the greater responsibility of […]

What Consumers Are Saying: “Don’t Touch My Prime”

Over the weekend, Editorial Board published an insightful piece titled “Breaking Big Tech Bad” (June 5). The piece rightly criticizes the misguided American Innovation and Choice Online Act, which was advanced by the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this year to “punish Big Tech companies.” However, one area that appears overlooked is the voice of American […]

Inside Sources: New Developments on the Antitrust Front

Consumers and small businesses should be alarmed by the increased probability that AICOA could become law. Not only would self-preferencing be prohibited, a practice that provides consumers with the opportunity to buy goods at the lowest price, but businesses could find it harder to access the millions of consumers who shop on online platforms every day. The […]

The Economic Standard: New Congressional Effort to Crack Down on Big Tech

The past year has seen multiple attempts by Congressional leaders to pass antitrust bills that penalize big tech companies for their size, completely disregarding business conduct or the effects on consumers. The latest antitrust bill to be introduced comes from Republican Senator Mike Lee of Utah, a known critic of big tech who has claimed large tech […]

New Report Raises Concerns Over Congressional Action to Alter Antitrust Laws and Limit Self-Preferencing

Today, the American Consumer Institute (ACI) released a policy brief highlighting the potential impact the American Innovation and Choice Online Act (AICOA) would have on big tech. This brief comes in response to the growing prominence of techlash in America and Congress’ consideration of bills that seek to ban and/or limit self-preferencing for select categories […]