A Privacy Smorgasbord on Capitol Hill

    May 08, 2017

    The past several weeks have seen these privacy-related bills introduced on the floors of Congress:

    • H. R. 2204 – Homeowner Information Privacy Protection Act. The bill would require the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct a study regarding the privacy of information collected under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act of 1975, and for other purposes. The study would determine if the data collected under the 1975 act would increase the probability of such things as exposure of personal identities and data of mortgage applicants through reverse engineering or identity theft; and the likelihood of the marketing or sale of unfair, deceptive, or abusive financial products to applicants based on such data.
    • H.R. 2227 – Modernize Government Information Technology Act. The goal is to modernize federal IT systems and processes to mitigate cost and risk.
    • H.R. 1868 Restoring American Privacy Act of 2017. The bill is in response to the April action that halted the enacting of the American Privacy Act of 2017, therefore allowing ISP providers more freedom to use subscribers’ personal data.
    • S.878 – A bill to establish privacy protections for customers of broadband Internet access service and other telecommunications services. This is the Senate’s version of H.R. 1868.
    • S.877 – Protecting Student Privacy Act of 2017. The bill would amend the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 to ensure that student data handled by private companies is protected, and for other purposes.
    • H.R. 1899 – Protecting Data at the Border Act. The bill would ensure the digital contents of electronic equipment and online accounts belonging to or in the possession of United States persons entering or exiting the United States are adequately protected at the border, and for other purposes.


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