IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
April 27, 2017
Mr. Blumenthal (for himself and Mr. Udall) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
To protect broadband users from unfair or deceptive practices relating to privacy or data security, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Managing Your Data Against Telecom Abuses Act of 2017 or the
MY DATA Act of 2017.
Protecting broadband users from unfair or deceptive acts or practices relating to privacy or data security
In this section:
The term broadband provider means a person who provides a mass-market retail service by wire or radio that provides the capability to transmit data to and receive data from all or substantially all Internet endpoints, including any capabilities that are incidental to and enable the operation of the communications service, but excluding dial-up Internet access service.
The term edge provider means any person who—
provides any content, application, or service over the Internet; or
provides a device used for accessing any content, application, or service over the Internet.
It is unlawful for a broadband provider or edge provider to use an unfair or deceptive act or practice relating to privacy or data security in or affecting commerce.
Rule of construction
Paragraph (1) shall not be construed to imply that it was lawful before the date of the enactment of this Act for a broadband provider or an edge provider to use an unfair or deceptive act or practice relating to privacy or data security in or affecting commerce.
The Federal Trade Commission may, after consulting with the Federal Communications Commission, promulgate such regulations under section 553 of title 5, United States Code, as the Federal Trade Commission considers appropriate to carry out this section.
Enforcement by Federal Trade Commission
Unfair or deceptive acts or practices
A violation of subsection (b)(1) shall be treated as an unfair or deceptive act or practice in violation of a regulation prescribed under section 18(a)(1)(B) of the Federal Trade Commission Act (15 U.S.C. 57a(a)(1)(B)) regarding unfair or deceptive acts or practices.
Powers of Commission
Except as provided in subparagraph (C), the Federal Trade Commission shall enforce this Act in the same manner, by the same means, and with the same jurisdiction, powers, and duties as though all applicable terms and provisions of the Federal Trade Commission Act (15 U.S.C. 41 et seq.) were incorporated into and made a part of this Act.
Privileges and immunities
Except as provided in subparagraph (C), any person who violates this Act shall be subject to the penalties and entitled to the privileges and immunities provided in the Federal Trade Commission Act (15 U.S.C. 41 et seq.).
Common carriers and nonprofit organizations
Notwithstanding section 4, 5(a)(2), or 6 of the Federal Trade Commission Act (15 U.S.C. 44, 45(a)(2), and 46) or any jurisdictional limitation of the Federal Trade Commission, the Commission shall also enforce this Act, in the same manner provided in subparagraphs (A) and (B) of this paragraph, with respect to—
common carriers subject to the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 151 et seq.) and Acts amendatory thereof and supplementary thereto; and
organizations not organized to carry on business for their own profit or that of their members.
Enforcement by States
In any case in which the attorney general of a State has reason to believe that an interest of the residents of the State has been or is threatened or adversely affected by the engagement of any person subject to subsection (b)(1) in a practice that violates such subsection, the attorney general of the State may, as parens patriae, bring a civil action on behalf of the residents of the State in an appropriate district court of the United States to obtain appropriate relief.
Rights of Federal Trade Commission
Notice to Federal Trade Commission
Except as provided in clause (iii), the attorney general of a State shall notify the Commission in writing that the attorney general intends to bring a civil action under paragraph (1) before initiating the civil action against a person subject to subsection (b)(1).
The notification required by clause (i) with respect to a civil action shall include a copy of the complaint to be filed to initiate the civil action.
If it is not feasible for the attorney general of a State to provide the notification required by clause (i) before initiating a civil action under paragraph (1), the attorney general shall notify the Commission immediately upon instituting the civil action.
Intervention by Federal Trade Commission
The Commission may—
intervene in any civil action brought by the attorney general of a State under paragraph (1); and
be heard on all matters arising in the civil action; and
file petitions for appeal of a decision in the civil action.
Nothing in this subsection may be construed to prevent the attorney general of a State from exercising the powers conferred on the attorney general by the laws of the State to conduct investigations, to administer oaths or affirmations, or to compel the attendance of witnesses or the production of documentary or other evidence.
Action by Federal Trade Commission
If the Federal Trade Commission institutes a civil action with respect to a violation of subsection (b)(1), the attorney general of a State may not, during the pendency of such action, bring a civil action under paragraph (1) of this subsection against any defendant named in the complaint of the Commission for the violation with respect to which the Commission instituted such action.
Venue; service of process
Any action brought under paragraph (1) may be brought in—
the district court of the United States that meets applicable requirements relating to venue under section 1391 of title 28, United States Code; or
another court of competent jurisdiction.
Service of process
In an action brought under paragraph (1), process may be served in any district in which the defendant—
is an inhabitant; or
may be found.
Actions by other State officials
In addition to civil actions brought by attorneys general under paragraph (1), any other officer of a State who is authorized by the State to do so may bring a civil action under paragraph (1), subject to the same requirements and limitations that apply under this subsection to civil actions brought by attorneys general.
Nothing in this subsection may be construed to prohibit an authorized official of a State from initiating or continuing any proceeding in a court of the State for a violation of any civil or criminal law of the State.
Nothing in this Act shall be construed to limit the authority of the Federal Trade Commission under any other provision of law.