Own Your Own Data Act Introduced in the US Senate

US Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) introduced the Own Your Own Data act in the US Senate on March 14, 2019.  The short bill provides that an individual owns any content they post on the internet, and further provides that social media companies must, among other things:

  • allow users ready access to their data, as well as any analysis of that data performed by the social media company
  • enter into licensing agreements with each user in which the user agrees to license their data to the social media company, the license being capable of understanding with one reading by a person of average intelligence
  • provide readily accessible means for each user to cancel the license agreement immediately.

The bill defines a readily understandable licensing agreement as one that is no longer than 150 words, with an average of 6 characters per word.  Own Your Data Act

The website Govtrack.us, gives the bill a 2% chance of being enacted.  https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/s806