Online privacy bill easily passed by U.S. House panel

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By Diane Bartz WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. House of Representatives panel passed a bipartisan online privacy bill on Thursday that aims to limit the collection of personal data, though doubts remain as to whether it will become law. The bill would require companies like Alphabet’s Google and Meta’s Facebook, along with a long list of others, to only collect personal data that is necessary to provide services. Sensitive information like Social Security numbers would get even more protection. The measure easily passed a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on a voice vote. It now goes to the…

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