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Short Titles as Introduced

Data Broker Accountability and Transparency Act of 2016

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Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

To require data brokers to establish procedures to ensure the accuracy of collected personal information, and for other purposes.

Actions Overview (1)

02/10/2016 Introduced in House

All Actions (3)

02/12/2016 Referred to the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade.
Action By: House Energy and Commerce
02/10/2016 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Action By: House of Representatives
02/10/2016 Introduced in House
Action By: House of Representatives

Cosponsors (3)

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CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Rep. Jackson Lee, Sheila [D-TX-18]* 02/10/2016
Rep. Cicilline, David N. [D-RI-1]* 02/10/2016
Rep. Cohen, Steve [D-TN-9]* 02/10/2016

Committees (1)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Energy and Commerce02/10/2016 Referred to
House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade02/12/2016 Referred to

Related Bills (1)

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Subjects (12)

  • Administrative law and regulatory procedures
  • Business records
  • Civil actions and liability
  • Consumer affairs
  • Criminal investigation, prosecution, interrogation
  • Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
  • Federal preemption
  • Fraud offenses and financial crimes
  • Internet and video services
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Right of privacy

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Introduced in House (02/10/2016)

Data Broker Accountability and Transparency Act of 2016

This bill prohibits data brokers from obtaining or causing to be disclosed personal information or any other information relating to any person by making a false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation, including by providing any document that the broker knows or should know to: (1) be forged, counterfeit, lost, stolen, or fraudulently obtained; or (2) contain a false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation.

"Data broker" is defined as a commercial entity that collects, assembles, or maintains personal information concerning an individual who is not a customer or an employee of that entity in order to sell or provide third party access to the information. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) may exempt certain data brokers from this Act.

Data brokers must establish procedures to ensure the accuracy of: (1) the personal information they collect, assemble, or maintain; and (2) any other information that specifically identifies an individual, unless the information only identifies an individual's name or address.

Data brokers must also provide individuals a cost-free means to review their personal or identifying information.

Individuals may dispute the accuracy of their personal information with a written request that the data broker make a correction.

With regard to disputed public record information that is available for public inspection from federal, state, or local governments, a data broker must: (1) inform the individual of the source of the information and, if reasonably available, where to direct the individual's request for correction; or (2) correct the inaccuracy in the broker's records if the individual provides proof that the public record has been corrected or that the broker was reporting the information incorrectly.

With regard to disputed non-public information of a private nature, a data broker must: (1) note the information that is disputed, (2) independently verify the information, and (3) correct the inaccuracy if the broker was reporting the information incorrectly.

Data brokers must provide individuals with a reasonable means of expressing a preference to exclude their information from being used, shared, or sold for marketing purposes.

The bill sets forth authority for the FTC and states to enforce this Act.