Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and John Kennedy (R-LA) will present legislation to protect the privacy of users' online data, the pair said today in a joint statement. Although a bill has not yet been drafted, the legislation would, among other things, give users recourse options if their data is infringed, and the right to opt out of tracking and collecting data.
The proposed legislation will address seven key points, the senators said:
Give consumers the right to opt out and keep their information private by disabling tracking and data collection.
Offer users greater access and control over their data.
Require that the terms of service agreements be written in "plain language".
Make sure that users can see what information about them has already been collected and shared,
Order that users be notified of a violation of your information within 72 hours.
Offer remedies to users when a violation occurs,
It requires that online platforms have a privacy program in place.
"Consumers have a right to know if their personal information is being sold and they have the right to easily see what data has already been sold or distributed," Klobuchar said in the statement. "The digital space can not continue to function as Wild Wild West at the expense of our privacy."
Kennedy had one of the most colorful question lines during Mark Zuckerberg's testimony before the Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees on April 10. "Mr. Zuckerberg, I come in peace," he said at the time. "I do not want to vote to have to regulate Facebook, but for God's sake, in fact, a lot of that depends on you, I'm a little disappointed by this audience today, I just do not feel like we connect."
Kennedy continued bluntly: "Your user agreement sucks, the purpose of that user agreement is to cover the back of Facebook, it's not to inform your users about your rights, now you know, and I know. you go back home and rewrite it. "
The legislation proposed today by the senators sounds similar in nature to a bill introduced by Messrs. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Ed Markey (D-MA) known as the CONSENT Act (abbreviation of Customer's Online Notification). to stop the provider network Edge Transgressions). However, the CONSENT Act has a stronger language, which requires the explicit consent of users to use, share or sell their personal information, as well as clear notification every time they collect, share or use data.
It remains to be seen if the senators' appetite for regulation extends to the majority of Congress. Other similar bills have stalled. In October, Senator Klobuchar introduced the Honest Ads Act with Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) and Senator John McCain (R-AZ). The act would require companies such as Facebook and Google to have copies of political advertisements and make them available to the public. So far, there has been little progress in receiving an audience, although recently both Facebook and Twitter expressed their support.