Trump administration officials will make a final decision Friday on a measure that would roll back protections for search engines and other online platforms from government demands that they store users’ personal information.
The decision could affect dozens of tech companies that provide services to millions of Americans.
The proposal, which has not been publicly announced, would allow search companies to sell user data for advertising and other commercial purposes.
If it becomes law, the changes would also apply to the vast majority of online platforms.
In addition to Facebook and Google, other tech giants including Amazon, Netflix, and Yelp have voiced opposition to the measure.
“As the Trump administration moves forward on cybersecurity, we must ensure that we protect the Internet from malicious actors, including those seeking to undermine free speech and privacy,” Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in a statement Thursday.
“I welcome the opportunity to discuss this issue with President Trump and the entire Administration as we work toward a solution.”
Google’s statement echoed that sentiment, calling the proposed rollback “important for all Americans.”
“We are concerned about the potential for a data breach and have expressed this concern to the White House,” Google said.
“We believe that Congress and the Administration should take steps to ensure that the Internet remains open and accessible to all, and we continue to believe that this type of data breach should not happen in the first place.”
The Internet giants have come under intense scrutiny in recent months from lawmakers and regulators for the way they handle user data and privacy.
Earlier this year, Congress banned the collection of data from online platforms such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter in a law called the USA Freedom Act, which was aimed at stopping the government from monitoring the Internet.
It also gave the government wide latitude to gather and use user data from other online services.
The White House said the legislation would help ensure “the safety of Americans online.”