Pass A Law Requiring Tech Companies Protect Our Data

Pass A Law Requiring Tech Companies Protect Our Data

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Jeffrey Longo started this petition to Representative Jerry McNerney and

In just the first 6 months of 2019, over 4.1 Billion records were compromised online.  That is in addition to the past couple of years, where nearly every American who has a digital footprint online has had their privacy compromised.  Until now, the status quo has been for us to receive an apology, get offered a year of credit report monitoring, and for the offending company to give an empty promise they will do better.  Yet we continue to see our privacy violated online in what ends up amounting to trivial hacks due to abysmal security practices by those companies entrusted with safeguarding our data.  Indeed, Facebook's recent leak of user phone numbers was due to the data being hosted on a publicly accessible server and being unencrypted.

Americans deserve better, and it's time for the US Congress to demand that companies protect our data, including our account information and personally identifiable information (PII)

This petition asks the US Congress (specifically both chambers' technology committees) to build upon the FCC's power to pursue punitive action against companies that do not practice industry standard data security practices in safeguarding user data.  Whether the solution is additional manpower at the FCC to pursue violations or additional legislative backing to back the FCC's jurisdiction in this area, the result must be that companies have a clear obligation to follow through with industry standard* best practices in safeguarding our privacy or face substantial fines in proportion to the size and significance of their breach!

*Industry standard best practices for the purposes of this petition is left undefined, however it is expected that any security baseline enforced by the FCC would be referenced against standards published by a well known computer standards organization.

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