Nobody reads privacy policies. One senator wants to fix that

Source: Geoffrey Fowler, Washington Post (Paid Registration)

When was the last time you actually read a privacy policy? Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) wants lawmakers to stop pretending like we do.

Senator Brown broke with nearly every past proposal from Democrats and Republicans alike to suggest a more radical idea: allowing companies to take our data only when it’s “strictly necessary.”  Brown’s new Data Accountability and Transparency Act, released in discussion draft form, would prohibit most collection and sharing of personal data as its starting point. Data could only be used in ways stipulated in the law, such as providing a service you asked for — and no more.

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