Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky

Representing the 9th District of Illinois

Online Protection

As more and more consumer activity moves to the Internet, we have a responsibility to protect the personal information of the public.  I have been a strong supporter of efforts to safeguard personal information and an opponent of legislation that would threaten civil liberties in cyberspace.

While employers, schools, and colleges have always been interested in the social networking content posted by their employees, students, and applicants, they have only recently begun to demand password and other login information as a term or enrollment or employment.  I have introduced legislation that would restrict the ability of employers and schools from requiring such personal information.

As a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, I have had an opportunity to actively engage in American intelligence policymaking and oversight.

Legislation I've Introduced

Social Networking Online Protection Act (SNOPA) - Congressman Elliot Engel and I introduced the Social Networking Online Protection Act (SNOPA), which would restrict employers, universities, and local education authorities from requiring the disclosure of personal account information by employees, students, or applicants.  SNOPA will ensure that personal accounts remain private, and I am working to see bipartisan legislation signed into law.

More on Online Protection

January 8, 2020 Video

As chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, I led a hearing on the issues surrounding online deception practices, including deepfakes and other manipulation of digital content.

January 8, 2020 Video

As chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, I led a hearing on the issues surrounding online deception practices, including deepfakes and other manipulation of digital content.

January 8, 2020 Video

As chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, I led a hearing on the issues surrounding online deception practices, including deepfakes and other manipulation of digital content.

April 11, 2018 Video

Rep. Schakowsky's questioning of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during the Energy and Commerce Committee's hearing on Facebook's misuse of personal data.

November 30, 2017 Video

The open Internet is under attack, and my constituents know it. Hundreds of calls and thousands of emails have come into my office defending #NetNeutrality over the past two weeks– we’re closely watching the FCC’s next move.