WASHINGTON (KTVZ) — Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., mentioned Friday he’s cosponsoring the Well being and Location Information Coverage Act, law that bans knowledge agents from promoting American citizens’ well being and placement knowledge.
“When abortion is unlawful, researching reproductive well being care on-line, updating a period-tracking app, or bringing a telephone to the physician’s workplace all may well be used to trace and prosecute girls around the U.S,” Wyden mentioned. “It quantities to uterus surveillance. Congress will have to offer protection to American citizens’ privateness from abuse by way of far-right politicians who need to keep an eye on girls’s our bodies. I’m proud to paintings with Senator Warren to introduce the Well being and Location Information Coverage Act.”
Information agents gather and promote intensely private knowledge from tens of millions of American citizens, continuously with out their consent or wisdom, reaping large earnings. In large part unregulated by way of federal legislation, the unsavory trade practices of information agents pose actual risks to American citizens all over. Information accumulated by way of agents has been used to circumvent the Fourth Modification, out LGBTQ+ folks, stalk and harass folks, and jeopardize the security of people that discuss with abortion clinics for well being care.
The Well being and Location Information Coverage Act would:
- Ban knowledge agents from promoting or moving location knowledge and well being knowledge and require the Federal Industry Fee (FTC) to promulgate laws to put in force the legislation inside 180 days, whilst making exceptions for HIPAA-compliant actions, secure First Modification speech, and validly approved disclosures.
- Ensure that powerful enforcement of the invoice’s provisions by way of empowering the FTC, state lawyers normal, and injured individuals to sue to implement the provisions of the legislation.
- Supply $1 billion in investment to the Federal Industry Fee over the following decade to hold out its paintings, together with the enforcement of this legislation.
The law was once offered by way of U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. Along Wyden, the law was once cosponsored by way of U.S. Senators Patty Murray, D-Wash., Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.
The law is counseled by way of a variety of knowledge and sexual privateness professionals, together with professionals from Duke College, College of Virginia, and Washington College in St. Louis.
A abstract of the invoice is right here.
Complete textual content of the invoice is right here.