Hmm, good news, though I expect Governor Rauner to veto it, for reasons…
The state Senate on Thursday approved the groundbreaking Right to Know Act, a measure that would require online companies such as Google, Facebook and Amazon to disclose to consumers what data about them has been collected and shared with third parties.
The bill, sponsored by Sen. Michael Hastings, D-Tinley Park, now heads to the Illinois House after passing on a 31-21 vote.
“I think this is a step forward for Illinois in terms of data privacy,” Hastings said Friday. “It gives people the right to know what information (internet companies are) selling to a third party.”
Illinois is taking center stage in the national debate over internet privacy legislation, which is shifting from the federal to state level. Congress voted in March to undo the Federal Communications Commission’s broadband privacy rules, which were adopted last fall under the Obama administration and set to go into effect this year.
President Donald Trump on April 3 signed the measure that repealed the broadband privacy rules.
The FCC protections would have required internet service providers, such as Comcast, Verizon and AT&T, to disclose what personal information they collect and share and would have required consent from consumers before sharing more sensitive information.
Privacy advocates believe Illinois and other states must step up to fill the void left by the shift in federal policy.
The Right to Know Act would require the operator of a commercial website or online service to make available “certain specified information” that has been disclosed to a third party and to provide an email address or toll-free telephone number for customers to request that information.
Major internet companies have been pushing back against the Illinois initiative, ramping up lobbying efforts as the privacy legislation advanced through the Senate, Hastings said. Online trade associations, including CompTIA, the Internet Association and NetChoice, also met with Hastings to voice opposition to the measure.
The Senate bill will head to committee in the House before it can be brought to a vote. A House committee approved a similar measure last month.
(click here to continue reading Illinois Senate approves Right to Know online privacy bill – Chicago Tribune.)
Of course the technology companies who have been profiting handsomely by selling our information are opposed to this bill, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a good idea for consumers. I want, at minimum, to be able to share in the profits, and even better, a way to opt out entirely. Ha. Just for grins, read the text of the IL Senate bill to see what kinds of information being sold.
(a) real name, alias, nickname, and user name.
(b) Address information, including, but not limited to, postal or e-mail.
(c) Telephone number.
(d) Account name.
(e) Social security number or other government-issued identification number, including, but not limited to, social security number, driver’s license number, identification card number, and passport number.
(f) Birthdate or age.
(g) Physical characteristic information, including, but not limited to, height and weight.
(h) Sexual information, including, but not limited to, sexual orientation, sex, gender status, gender identity, and gender expression.
(i) Race or ethnicity.
(j) Religious affiliation or activity.
(k) Political affiliation or activity.
(l) Professional or employment-related information.
(m) Educational information.
(n) Medical information, including, but not limited to, medical conditions or drugs, therapies, mental health, or medical products or equipment used.
(o) Financial information, including, but not limited to, credit, debit, or account numbers, account balances, payment history, or information related to assets, liabilities, or general creditworthiness.
(p) Commercial information, including, but not limited to, records of property, products or services provided, obtained, or considered, or other purchasing or consumer histories or tendencies.
(q) Location information.
(r) Internet or mobile activity information, including, but not limited to, Internet protocol addresses or information concerning the access or use of any Internet or mobile-based site or service.
(s) Content, including text, photographs, audio or video recordings, or other material generated by or provided by the customer.
Are you ok with Acxiom, Experian and other similar corporations collecting, collating, selling and re-selling this information about you? I’m not.