Wednesday, April 25, 2018

New Bipartisan Senate Bill Calls for Social Media Data Transparency

Two U.S. Senators, one Republican and one Democrat, introduced Legislation Tuesday, April 24th, 2018, that would Require Social Media Companies to Post Clear and Concise Terms of Service and tell Users more about what sorts of "Individually Identifiable" Data they Collect.

The Social Media Privacy and Consumer Rights Act, Co-Sponsored by Sens. John Kennedy (R-LA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), would Call for Technology Giants like Facebook and Google to offer Users a Free Copy of what "Personal Data", which the Law defines as "individually identifiable information about an individual collected online".

It would also allow Consumers the Right to Opt-Out and keep their Information Private by Disabling Data Tracking and Collection, and Mandate that Users be Notified of a Privacy Violation within 72 hours. "I don't want to hurt Facebook, and I don't want to regulate them half to death, either," Kennedy said in a Statement. "But I have a job to do, and that's protecting the rights and privacy of our citizens."

Klobuchar said: "Consumers should have the right to control their personal data and that means allowing them to opt out of having their data collected and tracked... The digital space can’t keep operating like the Wild West at the expense of our privacy."

Facebook announced last week it would begin Rolling out Changes to how it handles Private Data to comply with forthcoming EU Rules, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), with European Residents seeing the Measures first.

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