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Computer Science: Important Legislative Initiatives: Privacy Legislation

Proposed Bills

These bills are still being considered and have not yet been voted into law.

Public Online Information Act of 2011 (POIA)

Goal of the Bill:

To require the federal government to post all publicly available information online in user-friendly formats.

Latest Major Action:

4/4/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.


Abuse, Stalking, and Domestic Violence Prevention Act of 2011

Goal of the Bill:

Prevent Internet stalking and domestic violence by criminalizing the transmission of a person's personally identifiable information in assistance of domestic violence, stalking, or sexual offenses.

Latest Major Action:

11/29/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.


Do Not Track Me Online Act

Goal of the Bill:

Require online-tracking firms to allow users to opt out of tracking by sites.

Latest Major Action:

2/18/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade.

No Stolen Trademarks Honored in America Act

Goal of the Bill:

To modify the prohibition on recognition by United States courts of certain rights relating to certain marks, trade names, or commercial names.

Latest Major Action:

6/1/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet.

Passed Legistlation

These bills have been passed and have become laws.

Electronic Communications Privacy Act

Goal of the Bill:

To protect the privacy of wire, oral, and electronic communications while in transit, as well as information held in electronic storage.

Latest Major Action:

10/21/1986 Became Public Law No: 99-508.

Parts of this law have been superseded by the Patriot Act

Patriot Act

Goal of the Bill:

To reduce restrictions in law enforcement agencies' gathering of intelligence within the United States and allow for more control over those suspected of terrorist acts.

Latest Major Action:

Became Public Law No: 107-56


No Electronic Theft Act (NET)

Goal of the Bill:

To make the duplication, copying, sharing, or distribution of electronic copyrighted works a crime even if they did not profit from it.

Latest Major Action:

Became Public Law No: 105-147


Digital Millennium Copyright Act

Goal of the Bill:

To stop the dissemination and production of technology or services that circumvent copyright measures.

Latest Major Action:

Became Public Law No: 105-304

Dropped Legislation

These bills were either never passed, or else were passed and then later removed.