data security

11 petitions

Started 6 months ago

Petition to Jerry McNerney, Yvette D. Clarke, David Loebsack, Marc A. Veasey, A. Donald McEachin, Darren Soto, Tom O'Halleran, Anna G. Eshoo, Diana DeGette, G. K. Butterfield, Doris O. Matsui, Peter Welch, Ben Ray Luján, Kurt Schrader, Tony Cárdenas, Debbie Dingell, Frank Pallone Jr., John Shimkus, Steve Scalise, Pete Olson, Adam Kinzinger, Gus M. Bilirakis, Bill Johnson, Billy Long, Bill Flores, Susan W. Brooks, Tim Walberg, Greg Gianforte, Greg Walden, Robert E. Latta, Michael F. Doyle, John Thune, Brian Schatz, Roy Blunt, Ted Cruz, Deb Fischer, Jerry Moran, Dan Sullivan, Cory Gardner, Marsha Blackburn, Shelley Moore Capito, Mike Lee, Ron Johnson, Todd Young, Rick Scott, Amy Klobuchar, Richard Blumenthal, Edward Markey, Tom Udall, Gary Peters, Tammy Baldwin, Tammy Duckworth, Jon Tester, Kyrsten Sinema

Pass A Law Requiring Tech Companies Protect Our Data

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.

Jeffrey Longo
32 supporters
Started 8 months ago

Petition to Nancy Pelosi, Dianne Feinstein, Kamala D. Harris, Maxine Waters, President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, United States Supreme Court, Federal Trade Commission

Stop Companies and Data Broker Websites from Sharing Personal Identifying Information

People search websites also called “data brokers,”  make a business of collecting, publicly sharing, and selling your personal information on the Internet.  Many of us have spent countless hours attempting to delete our current and dated personal information from sites such as: True people Search, White Pages, and Intellius. In all fairness, they have removal and opt-out tools on their sites to delete your personal information. Not just YOUR information, but everyone in your family. The problem is: Your Information Shouldn't be Listed or Shared in the First Place! Protecting our personal information shouldn't come hidden within a company's fine print. Many institutions like banks will send you letters offering you an opportunity to opt-out of information sharing with Third Parties. If you don't pay for postage and return the letter, you're screwed!  No company, business, or entity, should assume the rights of our personal information. If we NEVER OPTED IN, we shouldn't have to opt-out.  Data brokerage Should Be Illegal.  Collecting, Publicly Sharing, and Selling our personal should be illegal.The idea behind Public Information, is that someone can go to a courthouse or government entity and search for information. No one would ever know if you have a lien or criminal record or even where you lived, if data brokers hadn't released it online.  People are being violated everyday through identity theft, hacking, data breaches, stalking, harassment, and violence because OUR personal information is involuntarily accessible online.  According to Findlaw, "The right to privacy embodies the belief that a person’s private information should be free from public scrutiny and that we have a right to be left alone. As technology evolves, more and more of our personal information is in the hands of third parties. From e-commerce and e-mail, to smart phones and social media, advances in technology will continue to challenge our legal system and personal expectations of privacy." The Federal Trade Commission is the primary agency for enforcing privacy policies. Americans are paying into the United States government protecting us, but still we remain exploited.  Want to learn more:  There are Civil Laws protecting Americans from personal information sharing. Public Disclosure of Private Facts This tort defends against the unauthorized disclosure of details about a person’s private life that are not generally known. Generally, disclosure to one or two people does not constitute a public disclosure unless there is an implication that the information should be spread around. Personal Information Sharing with Third Parties should only be an OPT-IN request, not the other way around. Companies, Institutions, and Third Parties shouldn't assume the right to our personal information because we are engaging in business or paying for a service.  As Americans, we are ALL affected by this. Please sign this petition if you care about protecting your personal and families identifying information.

The LBP Organization
46 supporters
Update posted 1 year ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

Tell Congress to protect privacy, companies shouldn’t be able to buy & sell location data

Mobile phone apps collect detailed location data, everyday. What it does with that data has now come to light. Some 75 companies receive anonymous location data mined from smartphone apps. Many of those companies say that they track up to 200 million devices in the United States alone. While this may sound shocking, there is currently no federal law against the collection and sale of location data. Tell Congress to stand up for data privacy, make it illegal to collect and sell location data. Any app where location services is turned on, like weather apps and map apps, can be used to collect and later sell location data. A recent New York Times investigation shows just how intimate this data can be. A teacher’s location data showed how long she was at the doctor and every place she’s been: from her ex-boyfriend’s, to work, to the airport, and even a hike she went on. Location data is collected without phone numbers or other personal information, but the data collected is tied to a unique ID number. That ID number allows individuals with access to the raw data to identify a person without their consent. It can be done through targeting someone’s residence, work, or other places they hangout. Once collected, location data is sold to retailers and advertisers for targeted advertising. Just in 2018, location-targeted advertising reached $21 billion in sales. Even IBM is getting involved, by purchasing the Weather Channel’s apps. Everyone has a right to privacy, but big companies are profiting off of location data. Tell Congress to act now to protect the privacy of Americans. There is no federal law limiting the collection and sale of consumer location data. Tell Congress to protect data privacy, companies shouldn’t be able to buy and sell location data.

Campaigns Lab
1,445 supporters
Update posted 1 year ago

Petition to Google, Inc

Demand Google make user data more secure

After a delayed announcement, Google told the world that their social media service, Google+, had been breached since 2015. A bug potentially allowed the data of nearly 500,000 Google+ users to be collected by third parties. Personal information at risk included users: birthdays, photos, names, occupations, and anything else you could imagine. Shortly after announcing that there was a hack, they told the world that they would close Google+ services entirely. Google needs to create a company-wide data protection policy, that includes informing users of a hack sooner rather than later. While Google stated that the breach did not impact Gmail accounts, or other services they provide; an internal memo at Google said that the company withheld and delayed a public announcement to ‘stay out of the spotlight’. Public image should not be a reason to hide what’s happening to user’s identities. Tell Google to implement transparency measures that would notify users of a breach within 72-hours. This isn’t the first time Google has been lax on security concerns. In September, Google failed to even show up at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on data privacy concerns. Opting instead to submit a short statement about how they are committed to privacy for their users. Back in 2012, Google had to pay out $22.5 million to users after misrepresenting privacy assurances for iPhone Safari browser users, affecting 4.4 million people. In all, Google has already paid $39.5 million in damages involving data breaches in the United States. Google users shouldn’t have to wait years to find out if they may be affected by a data breach; or sue for compensation after having their identities stolen. People’s digital lives and identities hang in the balance. Google users deserve better accountability and transparency on how their data is used, and if their personal information is being protected by company privacy measures. Tell Google to stop providing lip-service on this issue, implement common sense data breach transparency and security measures.

waseem Gandhi
1,514 supporters