The Cambridge Analytica scandal, the Google+ data scandal, the hack that disclosed information on 29 million Facebook users—the last year has delivered more than enough reasons to rethink how people are being informed about the data that tech giants are collecting about them, and whether it's time to give individuals the power to tell Big Tech what it can and cannot do with their personal information.
Now Washington State Senator Reuven Carlyle (D-Seattle) has introduced a bill in Olympia that, according to GeekWire, "would require companies that collect personal data to be transparent with users about the type of information they’re recording, how they use it, and whether it is shared with third parties."
Fines of up to $7,500 per violation could be levied against data-collecting companies like Facebook and Google if they don't comply, and residents of Washington State could tell tech giants to delete data about them, or change data so it's correct, or even declare that their personal data shouldn't be used at all to help marketers reach them with "targeted advertising."
In addition, the bill places restrictions on facial recognition technology, stating that "it should not be deployed by private sector organizations without proper public notice."
An initial hearing for the bill was held today in the Senate Environment, Energy, and Technology Committee.