12/03/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/03/2019 16:27
WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) joined U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) who led a group of senators in reintroducing legislation to protect people's personal data online. The Data Care Act would require websites, apps, and other online providers to take responsible steps to safeguard personal information and stop the misuse of users' data.
'I have heard countless times from constituents who fear their personal information can be easily accessed, or worse, stolen and used against them. This legislation would require tech companies to do a better job protecting the sensitive information we entrust them with every day, and I hope to see it pass soon.' said Murphy.
'People have a basic expectation that the personal information that is collected by websites and apps is well-protected and won't be used to harm them. Just as doctors and lawyers are expected to protect and responsibly use the personal data they hold, online companies should be required to do the same. Our bill will help make sure that when people give online companies their information, it won't be abused,' said Schatz.
Doctors, lawyers, and bankers are legally required to exercise special care to protect their clients and not misuse their information. While online companies also hold personal and sensitive information about the people they serve, they are not required to protect consumers' data. This leaves users in a vulnerable position; they are expected to understand the information they give to providers and how it is being used - an unreasonable expectation for even the most tech-savvy consumer. By establishing an explicit duty for online providers, Americans can trust that their online data is protected and used in a responsible way.
Joining Murphy and Schatz in reintroducing this legislation are U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
The Data Care Act establishes reasonable duties that will require providers to protect user data and will prohibit providers from using user data to their detriment: