U.S. House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., released guiding principles for a federal privacy law he plans to draft and introduce. Collins’ principles include the establishment of a federally recognized class of online data that would be the property of the user who generates it, which would cover search data, location data and any information found within an online post. The proposal would include protections for data created before the bill is enacted. “When consumers generate data, they should have a powerful voice in who gets to use it, how much of it is used and under what conditions. Since it’s their property, consumers should also determine how much privacy they want surrounding their data,” Collins said in a statement.
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