(3/14/19) U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) introduced the Own Your Own Data Act on March 14, 2019, which will prohibit the collection of private data by social media companies and grant users the property rights to all of the data that they generate on the internet.
“The information that you share on social media is your own data, whether it’s a photo of your children or private messages you share with your friends. You create that content. You should own it.” said Sen. Kennedy. “This legislation allows users to access the personal data that social media companies have compiled, and it transfers data property rights back into the hands of the users. These social media companies should not own the data that you create. This legislation will give control and ownership back to the users.”