Senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat in Oregon, is proposing new data protection legislation that would restrict the export of American data to certain countries where this information poses a security risk to the United States.
“Dark data brokers should not get rich by selling Americans’ private data abroad that could be used to compromise our national security,” Mr Wyden said in a statement. “My law sets common sense rules for how and where sensitive data can be shared abroad to ensure that foreign criminals and spies do not access it.”
Mr. Wyden’s “Protecting American Data from Foreign Supervision Act” would lead the Secretary of Commerce to conduct a regular federal review of what type of data could harm national security. According to Mr Wyden’s proposal, the Secretary of Commerce would also draw up a list of countries that could have access to American personal data and require licenses for the mass export of personal data.
The new privacy proposal comes at a time when public awareness of Americans’ online privacy has grown amid the distribution of information taken from major technology platforms such as Facebook and LinkedIn.
Massive datasets – including information on hundreds of millions of users – have expanded available online in recent weeks with data taken from Facebook, LinkedIn and other sites, including social networks only for called p Clubhouse.
Collecting data from social networks in datasets seems to be the result of scratches, not hacking. While federal law prohibits unauthorized access or hacking to a computer, scring is against technology company policies. Scring involves the use of automated software tools to retrieve data from websites and is not necessarily illegal.
Hidden data is valuable to many different consumers, especially merchants and others who are involved in online tracking. For example, a Chinese technology company, Shenzhen Zhenhua Data, surveyed the social media profiles of tens of thousands of Americans and gathered information about their location and personal and professional relationships, according to U.S. researcher Christopher Balding and Australia’s Internet 2.0 cybersecurity firm.