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S. 3520: Banning Surveillance Advertising Act of 2022

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Surveillance advertising is the practice of personalizing a person’s digital advertising based on actions including their online searches, purchases, and media consumed. It’s also known as targeted or behavior advertising.

Critics contend that surveillance advertising has several harms, such as perpetuating discrimination. For example, if somebody was searching for bankruptcy courts and by several years later had turned their financial situation around, their personalized advertisements might nonetheless still be for bankruptcy courts, or other products and services aimed at people with financial problems. If this person’s computer can be seen by friends or coworkers, then these ads can lead to incorrect and pernicious assumptions about the person.

This is different from other broader categories of personalized advertising, such as …

Sponsor and status

Cory Booker

Sponsor. Junior Senator for New Jersey. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jan 19, 2022
Length: 20 pages
Jan 19, 2022
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Jan 19, 2022

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on January 19, 2022. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

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1 Cosponsor (1 Democrat)

1% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Jan 19, 2022

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S. 3520 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 3520. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

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