A new bill would require buyers of political and issue ads on social media to disclose their identities and would impose record-keeping requirements on social media companies.
As the federal government repeals regulations requiring broadband companies to obtain consumers’ consent before using their browsing history and other personal information to create targeted ads, Illinois state politicians are moving to ramp up privacy protections. However, whether these bills would actually further those privacy goals or whether they would merely bolster Illinois’ class-action lawsuit industry while burdening businesses are open questions.
A proposed amendment to the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act that would exclude facial-recognition technology used by Facebook from the privacy protections of the act has been postponed after privacy advocates and the Illinois attorney general raised concerns.
The case against Facebook under Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act raises questions about the protection of people’s most personal data, as well as the possibility of an explosion of lawsuits against companies that use certain biotechnology.