Would Ban Recording You Without Consent ? Failed to Pass.

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Salted Weapon, Apr 14, 2019.

  1. Salted Weapon

    Salted Weapon Northwest Monkey

    Makes one question the real agenda.....

    The Illinois Keep Internet Devices Safe Act would have empowered average people to sue big companies for recording them without consent, but industry association lobbying defanged it.

    An Illinois bill that sought to empower average people to file lawsuits against tech companies for recording them without their knowledge via microphone-enabled devices was defanged this week after lobbying from trade associations representing Silicon Valley giants.

    On Wednesday, the Illinois State Senate passed the Keep Internet Devices Safe Act, a bill that would ban manufacturers of devices that can record audio from doing so remotely without disclosing it to the customer. But after lobbying from trade associations that represent the interests of Google, Amazon—makers of the microphone-enabled Google Home and Alexa smart speakers, respectively—and Microsoft, among other companies, the interests of big tech won out.

    In the bill’s original form, users could file a complaint with the Illinois Attorney General’s office that could lead to penalties of up to $50,000. But after technology trade associations, led by the Internet Association objected, claimed that the state’s definition of a “digital device” was too broad, and that the Act would lead to “private litigation which can lead to frivolous class action litigation,” the bill was scaled back.

    In its current, neutered form, the bill provides exclusive authority to the Attorney General to enforce the Act, which means regular citizens won’t be able to bring forward a case regarding tech giants recording them in their homes.

    Matt Stoller, a research fellow at Open Markets Institute, an anti-monopoly advocacy group, shared the lobbying groups’ statements on Twitter.

    Just this week, a report from Bloomberg detailed how Amazon employs thousands of people around the world to listen to commands spoken to its line of Echo speakers in order to improve its Alexa digital assistant, sometimes even after users opt out of having their data used in the program. Amazon workers reportedly heard the terms people were searching for online, private conversations, and unsettling situations like a potential assault—all connected to the user’s Amazon ID number and personally identifying information like their name.

    The bill arrived in Illinois’ House of Representatives today, but unless Illinois’ Attorney General makes privacy violations an active priority, it’s not likely the bill will provide much more protection for consumers.

    Source:Big Tech Lobbying Gutted a Bill That Would Ban Recording You Without Consent
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2019
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  2. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Somebody got a real BIG Campaign Donation, or envelope, under the table... OR BOTH.....
  3. IT'S ILLINOIS. What do you expect? Look at how many governors have served time in prison or who are currently in prison. Yeah I do loath and detest that state.
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  4. Thunder5Ranch

    Thunder5Ranch Monkey+++

    I love Southern IL. and it would be a great State without Cook County dictating to the rest of us. Remember IL is 4 blue Counties and 98 Red Counties. Of course that is changing fairly fast as more and more Red Voters escape the rule of Cook County and Chicago. Our former Governors however do quality work stamping license plates with in the penal system :)
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  5. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    I am assuming they already have voice recordings.

    I called one of my banks numbers the other day and the new recording didn't just say that they are recording the call. It also said they can use your voice for identification .... that was a surprise to me and something new in the last 6 months.
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