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

November 17, 2020 Video

The U.S. House of Representatives passed three bills from the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce, which I chair. H.R. 6435 addresses the rising number of scam artists and fraudsters looking to take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic. It directs the Federal Trade Commission to develop and disseminate information to the public about known scams and ways to protect themselves.

November 17, 2020 Video

The U.S. House of Representatives passed three bills from the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce, which I chair. This bill, H.R. 2610, specifically addresses fraud targeted at senior citizens and Native American tribes, including pandemic-related schemes.

October 16, 2020 Press Release

EVANSTON –  Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, today reacted to news that Twitter was backing down from their initial efforts to stop the spread of disinformation:

October 15, 2020 Blog Post
Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, is worth more than $200 billion, and yet he has let another Prime Day pass without providing the pay and protection his employees need, nor has he taken meaningful steps to protect ALL consumers from unsafe and counterfeit products.
October 7, 2020 Press Release

EVANSTON – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, sent a letter to Mark Zuckerberg, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Facebook, seeking answers regarding third-party fact checkers and efforts to the spread of disinformation. Specifically, the Congresswoman expressed concern around recent reports of teenagers being hired and paid by right-wing groups to post and share information on the platform.

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