The Senate is still working on a plan to protect your online data. Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii and 18 other senators have reintroduced the Data Care Act for the year 2018 to establish tighter requirements for sensitive data.
Businesses will have to “properly secure” identifiable data, which includes promptly notifying customers of breaches. Additionally, they must ensure that third parties handle any provided data with the same respect and cannot use such data in ways that are detrimental.
The law grants the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) the power to punish businesses and other parties who disobey the law. States may bring their own civil lawsuits, but the FTC may intervene.
Democrats make up the majority of the senators, including Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar, who have criticised Big Tech. The proposed legislation is supported by independents Angus King and Bernie Sanders as well. 15 Democrats supported the original Data Care Act.
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The renewed Act’s success is not certain. After being introduced in December of last year, the initial bill was never put to a vote. Republicans will be in charge of the House in 2023, despite Democrats controlling the Senate. An analogous law won’t be sent to the President’s desk for approval if a vote in the House is divided along partisan lines.
This time around, however, the circumstances might be more favourable. President Biden has been eager to control Big Tech, with a focus on restricting the gathering and use of data in particular.
Data security and privacy are becoming a growing source of concern for both major parties in Congress. The Data Care Act, even if just by moving more of the burden to businesses, potentially appeases these politicians.
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