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

October 7, 2021 Press Release

EVANSTON –  Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, released the following statement after Frances Haugen testified before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation this week:

October 5, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON –  Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-09) and Congressman Gus Bilirakis (FL-12), Chair and Ranking Member of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, introduced legislation to combat the online sale of stolen, counterfeit, and dangerous consumer products.

July 28, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, and Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (CA-18), Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee, sent a letter to Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook demanding answers to how the company is handling COVID-19 vaccine misinformation and disinformation.

July 20, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the House passed legislation by Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, and Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29),  Vice-Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, to restore the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) 13(b) consumer protection powers to return money to defrauded consumers.

May 10, 2021 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee, and Congresswoman Kathy Castor (D-FL), a member of the Energy & Commerce Committee, announced the introduction of the Online Consumer Protection Act (OCPA). This legislation will address shortcomings of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which, along with overly broad court rulings on it, have failed to hold online platforms accountable to consumers.

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