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“Google, Facebook Inc. and other online companies can expect greater scrutiny and possibly legislation from a Democratic-led Congress, a Silicon Valley lawmaker close to the party leadership said.

Representative Ro Khanna, whose California district is home to companies including Apple Inc. and Intel Corp., said in an interview that episodes like the leak of Facebook users’ data to Cambridge Analytica and last year’s breach of consumer information by Equifax Inc. had amounted to a “wake-up call” that rules are needed.

“For the first time in this last year or two we’re having to question a sense of tech Utopianism and realize that tech is amoral — that it can be used for extraordinary means, but it also can be exploited,” Khanna said.

Social media and internet companies have drawn the scrutiny in the U.S. and the European Union over the way they handle users’ data as well as their role in the spread of disinformation to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election and the U.K.’s Brexit vote the same year.

“We need to figure out, what do our rights and responsibilities look like online,” Khanna said. “Citizens need to be protected not just from government overreach, but from the overreach of corporate actors.”