A group of 15 Senators has introduced the Data Care Act, a measure designed to protect Americans information online and penalize companies that do not properly safeguard such data.

The Data Care Act, introduced by Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, would require websites, apps, and other online providers to take responsible steps to safeguard personal information and stop the misuse of users’ data. The bill tasks the Federal Trade Commission with creating a set of ground rules for how companies which gather and digitally store sensitive personal information on their customers must protect that data. The type of information includes:

• Social Security driver’s license, passport or military identification number
• Financial account number, credit or debit card number, or any required security code, access code, or password that is necessary to permit access to a financial account of an individual.
• Unique biometric data such as a fingerprint, voice print, a retina or iris image, any other unique physical representation.
• Account information such as username and password, email address and password; the first and last name of an individual, or first initial and last name, or other unique identifier in combination with— the month, day, and year of birth.

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