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

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.
May 4, 2021 Press Release

EVANSTON – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chairwoman of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, issued the following statement:

March 25, 2021 Video

During today's hearing with Facebook, Google, and Twitter CEOs, I asked about their platforms' involvement with the organization of the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6th.

March 25, 2021 Video

CEOs from Facebook, Google, and Twitter testified before a joint hearing of the Consumer Protection and the Communications Subcommittees. I co-chaired the hearing and offered these opening remarks.