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senate Bill S. 806

Should Social Media Users Own the Data They Generate on the Internet?

Argument in favor

Social media users should own their personal data as a human right. Giving social media users ownership of their data will further privacy rights and potentially allow them to sell their data as an asset under their own control instead of letting social media companies profit off of it without compensating users.

John's Opinion
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06/16/2019
I say yes but it’s like the information a cop gets when you get pulled over for speeding. Yes it’s your information but someone else will be using it for or against you. This is a complicated subject. At the very least the company collecting the information should spell out what is being collected in simple language. And you should give the account owner can opt out of having their information collected.
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John.C's Opinion
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06/17/2019
Facebook makes almost no content on its own. Almost everything is generated by users. Twitter is the same way. I don't want anyone owning my content on social media without express and explicit consent.
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J's Opinion
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06/16/2019
Naturally, Senator Kennedy has a simple solution to a complex issue. Unfortunately he needs to work with others to make the solution more complete. If it gets past the Grim Reaper it may prove to be more of a slogan than a resolution to the many problems we have with tech and our data. It’s a good start.
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Argument opposed

While social media users maintain the rights to their content on social media platforms, the data generated through their use of these platforms doesn’t rightfully belong to them, as it’s not authored by them in the same way that a social media post is.

SneakyPete's Opinion
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06/16/2019
👍🏻👍🏻 Senate Bill S.806 AKA the “Own Your Own Data Act” 👍🏻👍🏻 I’m in strong support this Senate Bill S.806 AKA the “Own Your Own Data Act” which would 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. * Additionally, this bill would require prominent icons to allow users to obtain copies of their data or export it, along with any analysis the company performs. * Finally, it’d require social media users to ensure a plain language licensing agreement that allows the social media company to use their data when registering a social media account. Social media companies would be required to have clickable cancellation icons allowing users to immediately cancel the license agreement. While social media users maintain the rights to their content on social media platforms, the data generated through their use of these platforms doesn’t rightfully belong to them, as it’s not authored by them in the same way that a social media post is. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻👍🏻 S.806 👍🏻👍🏻. 6.16.19.....
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Adrienne 's Opinion
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06/17/2019
Sorry. I do not trust any member of the GOP to earnestly protect our interests. There’s a gimmick in here, my gut says. GOP congresspeople have shown us over and over they serve an agenda, not the people.
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JTJ's Opinion
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06/17/2019
People can choose not to use social media. This is not the governments business.
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    I say yes but it’s like the information a cop gets when you get pulled over for speeding. Yes it’s your information but someone else will be using it for or against you. This is a complicated subject. At the very least the company collecting the information should spell out what is being collected in simple language. And you should give the account owner can opt out of having their information collected.
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    👍🏻👍🏻 Senate Bill S.806 AKA the “Own Your Own Data Act” 👍🏻👍🏻 I’m in strong support this Senate Bill S.806 AKA the “Own Your Own Data Act” which would 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. * Additionally, this bill would require prominent icons to allow users to obtain copies of their data or export it, along with any analysis the company performs. * Finally, it’d require social media users to ensure a plain language licensing agreement that allows the social media company to use their data when registering a social media account. Social media companies would be required to have clickable cancellation icons allowing users to immediately cancel the license agreement. While social media users maintain the rights to their content on social media platforms, the data generated through their use of these platforms doesn’t rightfully belong to them, as it’s not authored by them in the same way that a social media post is. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻👍🏻 S.806 👍🏻👍🏻. 6.16.19.....
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    Facebook makes almost no content on its own. Almost everything is generated by users. Twitter is the same way. I don't want anyone owning my content on social media without express and explicit consent.
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    Naturally, Senator Kennedy has a simple solution to a complex issue. Unfortunately he needs to work with others to make the solution more complete. If it gets past the Grim Reaper it may prove to be more of a slogan than a resolution to the many problems we have with tech and our data. It’s a good start.
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    Yes. yes. YES. Way too much info about each of you, your friends, your relatives, you shopping habits and so on- is collected and sold to Big Data Operations that know more about you than you know yourself. They know what you like, where you shop, your rough income, and even can project your likely DNA profile -even though you never had it collected. This information is sold to whomever for what may seem like good reasons, like making you aware of new medical options to treat your likely medical problems. However, It can also be used to predict your vulnerabilities to criminal activities or geopolitical influence. When are you likely to be home? What are the ages of your children and where do they go to school? Where will you be vacationing? Do you have hackable accounts worth attacking? What do you do and what do you like that others might find distasteful? and so on. States also collect information and sell it- and that needs to stop as well.
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    Sorry. I do not trust any member of the GOP to earnestly protect our interests. There’s a gimmick in here, my gut says. GOP congresspeople have shown us over and over they serve an agenda, not the people.
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    Yes and ANYONE who accesses it should have to be approved by the data owner and paid according to the amount to be accessed!
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    I like this idea. I make my living as an artist, so this is no small issue for me. I’ve had to chase down people who use my photos as theirs, turned my imagery into “their” work (they printed it on cards, for sale!), plagiarized my writing... it’s shocking what people think is permissible practice. But... here’s my big but again ;) I don’t trust Kennedy even an inch. Now I try very hard to practice principles before personalities, but if he’s behind it, it probably benefits Trump and his ilk. I hope I’m wrong. I hope I’m WAY wrong (I’m off to do my homework hereafter, but I’m likely to forget what I was thinking if I don’t write it down 🤓) because we are way behind the curve on the issues of privacy and intellectual, artistic property and again... well... this is a good start.
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    If I want to remove content, that should be my right. Nobody should be able to use my content without my explicit consent. Being able to see what insights were derived from our data will help us be aware of what we are sharing.
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    Not only should they own their data but they should be fairly compensated for its use. There are millions of dollars invested in behavioral economics algorithms ROUTINELY that would NOT be possible without the end user data. CONSENT IS NOT ENOUGH. COMPENSATE THE PEOPLE Anything less is the equivalent of intellectual property theft,
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    Yes, the Social Media users should own their own data. Social media platforms make money by having users on the platform.
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    Y E. S. Users must be considered as “owning their own data”.
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    People can choose not to use social media. This is not the governments business.
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    Why should any outside interest own my content for profit and not give me a piece of the pie?
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    Yes. If I post it, it’s my stuff. No social media outlet has permission to use it elsewhere, EVER!!
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    We need more accountability in this space, not less. We need a USA version of GDPR ASAP! My father lost his life because an identity thief dragged his life time of building a good name, through the coals. He was living in a world we created where he was guilty until proven innocent when it came to rebuilding his identity. Stop thinking cyber information is someone else’s data and that it’s all of our information and your children’s information, your loved one’s, your spouse’s. We need to hold corporate America ACCOUNTABLE!
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    This is a pretty common sense proposal. People deserve the right to decide how and when their information is used. No company has the right to use it without consent or, at the very least, compansation.
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    Data is intellectual property and therefore the rights should stay with the originator
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    It’s a right to privacy issue, and it contributed to our elections being compromised. Protect people’s privacy and our elections.
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    Content should be owned by the generator not curator.
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