Pashinski joins House Democrats to introduce online privacy package

WILKES-BARRE, April 20 – In light of congressional Republicans overturning internet privacy rules set to take effect later this year, state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, is joining fellow House Democrats to prepare a package of bills aimed at protecting Pennsylvanians' online privacy.

“I find it unconscionable that Republicans in Congress and the president think there’s nothing wrong with siding with massive internet service providers to take control away from consumers when it comes to the collection of their personal data,” Pashinski said. “It’s our job to protect Pennsylvanians, and that includes giving them the ability to protect their personal data from telecommunication companies.”

Pashinski’s bill would require an ISP or telecommunications company to allow a customer to opt out of any collection or selling of their proprietary information. If a company would violate the decision to opt out and sell costumer information to advertisers or a third-party company, it would be considered a violation of the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law.

The online privacy and security bill package also includes:

  • Requiring state employees conducting state business to use encryption to protect personal, online information;
  • Requiring internet service providers and telecommunications companies to notify customers of changes to privacy and security policies in concise, timely and easily understandable language;
  • Compelling notification of customers when a data breach of customer personal data occurs;
  • Requiring identification of reasonable internal and external control risks to the privacy and security of customers’ personal data; and
  • Requiring ISPs to obtain opt-in permission from consumers before they can market the consumers’ personal information.

Reps. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, Brandon Neuman, D-Washington, Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, Vanessa Brown, D-Phila., and Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, are joining Pashinski in introducing bills in the legislative package.