Should websites notify users if they are tracking their data?

Awaiting Vote
Bill Summary

This bill requires online sites to notify users if their information is being tracked and give them an option to their preferred privacy preferences. As such, the online sites may deny users some access due to their privacy selection. Finally, if the online site is tracking users, they must provide users with an electronic copy of the collected data and let them know of any security breaches, or else they will face federal charges for not complying with the Federal Trade Commission. Sponsor: Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Democrat, Minnesota) View full bill text ➔

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Opponents say

•  "At the end of the day this bill still is going to cost Florida businesses a gigantic amount of money to comply with. I think we all need to just hit the pause button for a moment." Source: Brewster Bevis, (Lobbyist, Associated Industries of Florida)


•  "We strongly prefer no regulation, but if regulation becomes inevitable, we will seek amendment language to narrow any new requirements to the greatest extent possible." Source: Amazon 


•  "This was not a fourth-dimensional chess move with regard to politics, this was the platforms deciding to do what was best for their users." Source: Carl Szabo (General Counsel, Net Choice)

Proponents say

•  "It’s common sense that people have a right to data privacy, and that right does not evaporate when someone logs on to their social media profile. Social media companies have a duty to protect their users’ data and to offer quick solutions when a breach occurs. The Social Media Privacy Protection and Consumer Rights Act would strengthen users’ control over their own data and better protect their privacy." Source:  Sen. John Kennedy (Republican, Louisiana) 


•  "For too long companies have profited off of Americans’ online data while consumers have been left in the dark. This legislation will protect and empower consumers by allowing them to make choices about how companies use their data and inform them of how they can protect personal information." Source: Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Democrat, Minnesota)


•  "Americans deserve the right to decide who has access to their data and private information. Social media companies currently collect consumers’ data without their knowledge and then sell that information to advertisers or third parties. We must hold social media companies accountable and ensure the companies are being transparent with individuals about what data they are collecting. I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support our bipartisan, commonsense legislation to protect the privacy of consumers’ data." Source: Sen. Joe Manchin (Democrat, West Virginia)