Vice News article A new big data bill has been introduced in Congress.
The Senate passed the bill Thursday, and it will head to the House next week.
This bill, sponsored by Sen. Ron Wyden Ronald (Ron) Lee WydenCongress to delay Kavanaugh confirmation for one-week FBI investigation Republicans shift course after outside counsel falters MORE (D-Ore.), would require companies to keep a record of every data they process on a person’s social media posts, email, and other online activities.
The bill would also require that social media companies store a user’s name, date of birth, phone number, email address, and address and store that information for up to three years.
The proposal would also allow states to require social media services to share information about their users with law enforcement.
The legislation was introduced in June, and the Senate passed it in July.
It was also referred to the Judiciary Committee and to the Rules Committee.
Wyden, who has pushed for a big data law, told Vice News that this bill was needed because “we have a lot of data on every single person in the country, and we don’t have a good way to track them.”
“We need a way to be able to track people in real time, because we don, for example, know how many times people use Facebook on a daily basis, or how many of them use Instagram,” he said.
The bill’s main author, Sen. Al Franken Alan (Al) Stuart FrankenCotton says Kavanaugh nomination moving forward as Trump heads to Capitol Hill Cotton says Feinstein ‘should be ashamed of herself’ for discussing sexual harassment in public MORE (Minn.), is a member of the Judiciary committee.
In a statement, Franken said the bill was designed to prevent cybercriminals from gaining access to Americans’ personal information.
“If the Trump administration wants to keep track of people’s every online activity, then we need to ensure that this data is kept private, which means we must provide for robust data protection, privacy protections, and enforcement,” he wrote.
Walden added that he believes the bill “sets the right standards for what a data retention program should do, and provides important protections for Americans’ privacy.”
“The president has repeatedly said he would not be happy if every American’s social data was sold for pennies on the dollar, and yet he has also pushed legislation to do just that,” he added.
The National Security Agency, meanwhile, has been using a data mining program known as Tailored Access Operations (TAO) for some time to collect data from social media accounts.
This program was revealed by Edward Snowden in 2013.