H.R. 1816Information Transparency and Personal Data Control Act

Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA)

Introduced: March 11, 2021
Status: There has been no movement on the bill since being referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce in March 2021.

Description

The Information Transparency and Personal Data Control Act would provide some privacy protections to all Americans while preventing states from enacting conflicting (and, potentially, stronger) privacy laws. In particular, the bill would require companies to provide their privacy policies in “plain English”; disclose if and with whom they will share users’ personal information and for what purpose; obtain users’ permission before processing their most sensitive personal data; and provide users with the ability to opt-out of the collection, transmission, storage, processing, selling, sharing, or other use of non-sensitive personal information.

 

The bill also gives the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) the ability to fine “bad actors,” and it empowers state Attorneys General to pursue violations if the FTC chooses not to act — but it doesn’t include a private right of action. Finally, the bill gives the FTC additional resources and rulemaking authority to keep up with evolving digital trends, and it requires large companies to undergo third-party privacy audits every two years.

 

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