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Sens Edward Markey (left) and Richard Blumenthal. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Senate Democrats Edward Markey and Richard Blumenthal introduced "privacy bill of rights" legislation today shortly before Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was scheduled to testify in a Senate hearing about the Cambridge Analytica data scandal.

Why it matters: It's the first concrete piece of legislation to come from the Facebook controversy, and the first recent attempt to apply privacy to web companies like Facebook and Google. The bill would direct the FTC to require companies to get consumers' opt-in consent before using, sharing or selling their personal information.

Quick take: What a difference a year makes. Almost exactly a year ago, Congress repealed the FCC's privacy rules that applied to internet service providers like AT&T and Verizon, but not web platforms like Google and Facebook. Now, the only piece of legislation on the table (so far) applies only to the web firms, despite some calls for uniform rules that apply to all members of the internet ecosystem.

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Anti-Trump lawmakers' private security expenses ballooned after Jan. 6 riot

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill on April 14. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Image

Members of Congress are spending tens of thousands of dollars on personal security for them and their families in the wake of the Jan. 6 riot, according to an analysis of first-quarter Federal Election Commission reports by Punchbowl News.

Between the lines: Private security expenditures were especially common among anti-Trump Republicans and high-profile Democrats who earlier this year voted to impeach and convict the former president for inciting the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot, signaling they fear for the safety of themselves and their families.

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Jimmy Lai among Hong Kong pro-democracy leaders sentenced to prison

Students standing under a banner during a flag raising ceremony on the first annual National Security Education Day in Hong Kong. Photo: Vernon Yuen/NurPhoto via Getty Images

A Hong Kong court sentenced a group of the city's most prominent pro-democracy activists to up to 18 months in prison Friday for organizing a massive unauthorized protest in August 2019 that drew an estimated 1.7 million people, AP reports.

Why it matters: Critics say the sentences send the message that even peaceful pro-democracy activism will be severely punished. They mark a continuation of Beijing's overhaul of Hong Kong's political structure, designed to crack down opposition to the Chinese Communist Party.

Local news moves to the inbox

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

A slew of new companies are launching platforms for local newsletters, a shift that could help finally bring the local news industry into the digital era.

Driving the news: Substack, the email publishing platform for independent journalists, on Thursday announced a new local news platform.