CHICAGO – To protect his constituent’s privacy, state Rep. Kam Buckner, D-Chicago, is introducing legislation that would protect consumer’s private and sensitive data from company websites and online services. The measure would require online services and commercial websites to inform Illinois customers on how their information is stored and utilized.
“No one should be forced to trade their most intimate information in exchange for online services,” Buckner said. “We must hold online services and commercial websites accountable. Illinois consumers have a right to know what corporations are doing with their private and sensitive data.”
Buckner introduced House Bill 2736 to create the Right to Know Act. This measure would ensure commercial websites and online services to inform Illinois customers on how personal information is being used. It also demands companies to provide an e-mail address or toll-free phone number for customers who wish to request to obtain that information. This measure would also provide a data protection safety plan.
“No one has the right to exploit another person’s private information,” said Buckner. “To build a stronger Illinois, we must ensure consumers are informed on what companies are doing with their information.”
Buckner’s 26th District contains all or parts of Bronzeville, Gold Coast, Grand Boulevard, Greater Grand Crossing, Hyde Park, Kenwood, Oakland, South Chicago, South Loop, South Shore, Streeterville and Woodlawn.