Kevin McCarthy

McCarthy: First step for regulating Big Tech is data transparency

Kevin McCarthy. Photo: Chuck Kennedy/Axios

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy called for regulation on data collection practices from tech giants like Facebook and Google at an Axios event in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, arguing that companies should not be able to leverage users' data without their knowledge.

“Facebook shouldn’t be broken up, but they should be very honest about the data that they’re using and taking.”
— Rep. Kevin McCarthy

Why it matters: If everything comes up GOP in November 2020 and Big Tech regulation is a priority, McCarthy would likely be the Speaker to steer legislation through the House in the next Congress.

Scoop: Kevin McCarthy tells Trump new health care push makes no sense

Kevin McCarthy and Trump
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Reflecting widespread concerns within his party, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has told President Trump he disagrees with the Trump administration's attempt to get the entire Affordable Care Act thrown out in court.

McCarthy told Trump over the phone that the decision made no sense — especially after Democrats killed Republicans in the midterms in part over the issue of pre-existing conditions, according to two sources familiar with their recent conversation. As Bloomberg's Sahil Kapur points out — health care was the top issue for 2018 midterm voters, and voters who cared most about health care favored Democrats over Republicans by more than 50 percentage points.