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Daily Dashboard | Senators propose privacy bill establishing fiduciary duties for online companies Related reading: Web con: 'Privacy Engineering Live — PBD in Practice'

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Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, introduced new federal privacy legislation Wednesday that has the support of 14 Democratic senators. The Data Care Act, unlike other draft federal bills, introduces a duty of care, loyalty and confidentiality. "Just as doctors and lawyers are expected to protect and responsibly use the personal data they hold," Schatz said, "online companies should be required to do the same." According to TechCrunch, Schatz said transparency and control are important, "but there's been very little in the public policy setting — not enough conversation about what happens after the data has been collected. And to me that's a more important and consequential problem." In comments to the Daily Dashboard, Wiley Rein Partner Kirk Nahra, CIPP/US, said, "Pretty much everything we are seeing at this point is planting stakes in the ground for interested audiences. There are some potentially useful concepts here, although I suspect a true fiduciary duty is a real long shot. That’s a higher standard than we tend to see in almost any relevant area." 
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