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S. 806: Own Your Own Data Act

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 14, 2019 (Introduced).


II

116th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 806

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 14, 2019

introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

A BILL

To prohibit the collection of data or information generated on the internet.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Own Your Own Data Act.

2.

Protection of personal information generated on internet

(a)

In general

Each individual owns and has an exclusive property right in the data that an individual generates on the internet under section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act (15 U.S.C. 45).

(b)

Social media companies

(1)

In general

Each social media company shall—

(A)

have a prominently and conspicuously displayed icon each user may click to obtain a copy of the user’s data with any analysis of the user’s data performed by the social media company;

(B)

have a prominently and conspicuously displayed icon each user may click to easily export the user’s data with any analysis of the user’s data performed by the social media company;

(C)

require that each user, during the registration of an account, knowingly and willfully enter into a licensing agreement—

(i)

that uses plain language that a reasonable person of average intelligence can understand the first time the person reads or hears the licensing agreement;

(ii)

in which the user agrees to license the user’s data to the social media company; and

(iii)

that is no longer than 500 words, using a measure of 6 characters to a word; and

(D)

have an icon each user may click to cancel immediately the license agreement.

(2)

Regulations

The Federal Trade Commission shall promulgate regulations carrying out this subsection, which shall be approved by Congress.

(c)

Enforcement

The Federal Trade Commission shall enforce the provisions of this Act.