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senate Bill S. 2398

Should Voters Have Control Over How Federal Political Candidates & Campaigns Use Their Personal Information?

Argument in favor

Voters’ personal information is just that — personal. Political campaigns and candidates for elected office shouldn’t have carte blanche access to people’s personal information, and should also be required to inform people when they’ve obtained their information.

jimK's Opinion
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11/27/2019
Please let us control use and access of our personal information. I do not need to be telemarketed to death for donations. Although, I apparently meet some demographic that says I lean toward Republicans; and I do take a perverse pleasure interrogating callers as to why I should support trump or others. The more I ask for answers to clarify their nebulous sloganeered responses, the more frustrated they become until they finally just hang-up. I guess it shouldn’t but it really does make me feel good to do this. Well Naw, I don’t want to be bothered anymore by slogans and tag lines. I want it to stop.
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Soheyr's Opinion
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11/27/2019
No one should have access to my personal information without my informed consent.
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Robert's Opinion
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11/27/2019
Both government and private companies must clearly obtain the users permission before they use your information.
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Argument opposed

Political campaigns need data on voters in order to reach the appropriate audiences for their campaigns. Taking away political campaigns’ right to access voter information would hamper political candidates’ abilities to share their campaign messages and platforms with voters.

Dawn 's Opinion
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11/27/2019
Nope to anything this nutcase introduces. She’s concerned with herself and her political interests ONLY. She should have been removed from her duties when she colluded with the Fake Ford and the Dems, leaking her fallacious accusations against Kavanaugh. Criminal old coot. Trump 2020. MAGA
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eliyak's Opinion
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12/13/2019
This would be a barrier to grassroots campaigns without the funds or expertise to comply.
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KyleCorley's Opinion
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11/27/2019
If people are worried about how their personal information is used then use common sense in how it is shared.
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    Please let us control use and access of our personal information. I do not need to be telemarketed to death for donations. Although, I apparently meet some demographic that says I lean toward Republicans; and I do take a perverse pleasure interrogating callers as to why I should support trump or others. The more I ask for answers to clarify their nebulous sloganeered responses, the more frustrated they become until they finally just hang-up. I guess it shouldn’t but it really does make me feel good to do this. Well Naw, I don’t want to be bothered anymore by slogans and tag lines. I want it to stop.
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    Nope to anything this nutcase introduces. She’s concerned with herself and her political interests ONLY. She should have been removed from her duties when she colluded with the Fake Ford and the Dems, leaking her fallacious accusations against Kavanaugh. Criminal old coot. Trump 2020. MAGA
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    No one should have access to my personal information without my informed consent.
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    Both government and private companies must clearly obtain the users permission before they use your information.
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    Political or private a release/consent form should be signed.
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    My privacy is important to me.
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    My personal information should not be available to anyone.
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    Why wouldn’t we?
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    Yes, but I don’t believe this bill goes far enough. Not only should individuals have a right to determine in what instances their personal data can be used. We should have the right to be fairly compensated WHENEVER our personal data is used. Big data use in building algorithms is a highly profitable industry. Likewise, those individuals who have made the conscious choice to contribute to such endeavors SHOULD BE ENTITLED TO FAIR COMPENSATION FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS. Example: If Netflix sells a marketing algorithm to Cambridge Analytical for 1.2 billion that was built from the data of 10,000 Netflix users; then, those 10,000 Netflix users have contributed their intellectual property and are entitled to automated fair compensation.
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    Should people have control over their personal information? YES. No qualifiers needed.
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    Yes, absolutely, and while I have a great deal of respect for Senator Feinstein, her Voter Privacy Act of 2019 doesn’t go far enough. I see political campaigns and their accomplices as no better than the whores who sell our data which does not belong to them. Why, for example, would my health be a part of sold data and if it is, The more pertinent question is what organization has violated HIPPA requirements. Further, the burden should be firmly placed on the campaign - I should have to opt IN to receive their marketing rather than having to opt OUT, it should not be shared among or sold between campaigns. I question additionally why campaign robocalls were originally exempted from the Do Not Call registry, but the answer is pretty clear in who benefits from the law as it is written. The term “data broker” as written covers a pretty wide landscape of bad actors and includes any organization that sells OUR data such as credit reporting agencies l, 3rd and 4th parties and insurers yet most of us understand it to be primarily referring to Facebook and Twitter and resulting not only from the Cambridge Analytica scandal, but from what this scandal demonstrated about misuse. Finally, I see nothing detailing potential penalties for the campaigns (and really it’s the data sellers and consulting groups with whom the campaigns, both RNC and DNC, presidential and PAC’s contract with). We should be seeing solid and non-negotiable jail time and fines of $10,000 per individual incident. for violations, yet I doubt that this will happen. Think back to the Equifax breach, nothing happened, in fact there was legislation written to protect Equifax in the aftermath. Please take this much further and provide us with some real protections!
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    Yes!
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    Protect our data and privacy.
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    What? Are we stupid? I want them knowing nothing about me except, maybe, my home address. Even that scares the hell out of me. However, if they know my home address, I want to know their home address, too. Not their office address, either. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander, eh? How about they can only know as much about me as I know about them? Sounds fair to me - maybe! Anyone who uses my data should have to pay me. It pisses me off to no end that Equifax, Experian and TransUnion can collect and sell MY DATA, without my consent or remuneration. Who authorized that in the first place? I’d surely like to know!
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    Certainly. Great idea.
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    This country does not owe any politician anything. Politicians have no right to use our information to raise funds, or anything else.
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    Voters should have control over their private information at all times in a free society.
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    Yes,absolutely
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    Yes. Please.
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    I am so tired of getting phone calls, emails and text messages asking for money and my vote! I have chosen my candidates and fully support them. But if you think I’m sending money to another candidate in another state you are nuts! I think my privacy needs to be protected and candidates should have permission from me to contact me!
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