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  • MEDICAL PRIVACY
  • ONLINE DATA COLLECTION
  • CYBERSECURITY
Winning Issue » ONLINE DATA COLLECTION


The practice of collecting, profiling and selling personal information gathered from Internet users is very common. Consumer profile lists are often one of the most valued assets of a retailing or marketing firm. Google and Facebook have been criticized for compiling detailed profiles of their users. Often, firms use “learning algorithms” to determine which ad to display on someone’s computer screen, or to predict one’s buying habits. These formulas can be used to create a digital picture of a viewer to infer race, gender or sexual orientation. Critics claim this technology has “the potential to eclipse longstanding civil rights protections in how personal information is used in housing, credit, employment, health, education and the marketplace.” They say algorithm data can also be used to discriminate and to make judgments, right or wrong, about who is likely to show up at work, pay their mortgage on time, or require expensive medical treatment. Using collected information to target ads, Wal Mart is said to be using algorithms to determine whether a woman is pregnant without her divulging that information. Data collectors claim they provide a beneficial service and that collecting consumer data is protected by our First Amendment. Advocates believe that collecting data about our online behavior in an invasion of our right to privacy. They believe that only consumers should decide whether their profiles are collected, personalized or sold.


Pending Legislation:
H.R.1053 - To establish a regulatory framework for the comprehensive protection of personal data for individuals under the aegis of the Federal Trade Commission, to amend the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 to improve provisions relating to collection, use, and disclosure of personal information of children, and for other purposes



Polling Options

  • I oppose reforming current online data collection policy and wish to defeat H.R.1053 - To establish a regulatory framework for the comprehensive protection of personal data for individuals under the aegis of the Federal Trade Commission, to amend the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 to improve provisions relating to collection, use, and disclosure of personal information of children, and for other purposes, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support requiring large entities who collect, use, transfer, or store information about individuals to carry out security measures to protect personally identifiable information, unique identifier information, and other information that may be used to identify a specific individual; requiring these entities to: (1) notify individuals of their practices regarding the collection, use, transfer, and storage of such information; (2) provide timely notice before implementing a material change in such practices; (3) offer individuals a mechanism to provide opt-in consent for any unauthorized use of such information or a third party's use for behavioral advertising or marketing; and (4) provide access to, and methods to correct, stored information, and wish to pass H.R.1053 - To establish a regulatory framework for the comprehensive protection of personal data for individuals under the aegis of the Federal Trade Commission, to amend the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 to improve provisions relating to collection, use, and disclosure of personal information of children, and for other purposes, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Lee Terry (NE) and/or Rep. Albio Sires (NJ), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option

  • I support requiring large entities who collect, use, transfer, or store information about individuals to carry out security measures to protect personally identifiable information, unique identifier information, and other information that may be used to identify a specific individual; requiring these entities to: (1) notify individuals of their practices regarding the collection, use, transfer, and storage of such information; (2) provide timely notice before implementing a material change in such practices; (3) offer individuals a mechanism to provide opt-in consent for any unauthorized use of such information or a third party's use for behavioral advertising or marketing; and (4) provide access to, and methods to correct, stored information, and wish to pass H.R.1053 - To establish a regulatory framework for the comprehensive protection of personal data for individuals under the aegis of the Federal Trade Commission, to amend the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 to improve provisions relating to collection, use, and disclosure of personal information of children, and for other purposes, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Lee Terry (NE) and/or Rep. Albio Sires (NJ), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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February 20, 2020
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