Do net neutrality and data privacy come together?
For the past couple of years, net neutrality has been the issue between internet service providers and consumers. Others say it’s a bipartisan concern between Democrats and Republicans. During the Obama administration, the FCC has been governed by Democrats, and now that Trump is the president, he appointed Ajit Pai to become the chairman who is not an avid fan of an open internet. Data breach is now making itself present and different states are introducing their own data privacy bills.
Democrat Rep. Hank Johnson (GA) declared on Thursday (July 26) about the endorsement of not just one but two data privacy bills that will deal with digital privacy. The H.R. 6547 or Application Privacy, Protection and Security (APPS) Act of 2018 bill will boost consumer privacy on mobile devices. The H.R. 6548 or DATA Act of 2018 bill would make it simpler for consumers to fix and withdraw from large data collection and use.
Rep. Johnson said, “Privacy is an issue that should unite us, not drive us apart. We have fully entered the era of big data, and consumers access the Internet through mobile devices now more than ever. It’s past time our laws to reflect this reality through common-sense rules for data collection, transparency, and use.”
H.R. 6547 or APPS Act will provide consumers the scores necessary to help conserve their online privacy. The data privacy bills emanated from Rep. Johnson’s APPRights enthusiasm which is a web-based legislative project introduced in July 2012. The program commenced a public dialogue regarding how Congress could help guarantee the privacy and security of cellphone users. He used the scheme as the beginning of regulations and persuaded to keep Americans aware as he explored how federal ruling could better safeguard app users’ rights.
App developers should maintain their privacy policies and get permission from consumers before collecting and securely storing their data. Moreover, he closely collaborated with developers and investors to ascertain the APPS Act secures consumers minus the interference of performance or modernization through the bill’s safe sanctuary provisions.
The H.R. 6548 or DATA Act, on the other hand, will prevent concealment. It will establish transparency and limit for consumers in terms of personal data and endow them with the needed tools to amend the gathered and stored information and lessen collection. He asserted that consumers must have access to the amount of collected information concerning them. Besides, consumers must have access to correct any mistakes on their information before losing connection to probable housing, insurance, credit, or job opportunities.