The Right to Know Act in Illinois is a proposed state level internet privacy law that would protect private information online – no matter the type of company it is stored with. Shortly after President Trump signed S.J.Res. 34 and ended federal rules protecting internet privacy, Illinois politicians reacted, introducing bills collectively known as the Right to Know Act. The individual bills were HB 2774 in the House (introduced by State Rep. Art Turner) and & SB 1502 (introduced by State Sen. Michael Hastings) in the Senate. The new legislation will force all internet companies over a certain size, including internet service providers (ISPs) like Verizon and edge providers like Facebook, to disclose to customers what information they are collecting and giving to third parties before they give it.
Private citizens deserve internet privacy; the right to know what third parties have received their private information
The mastermind behind the Right to Know Act, Sheriff Thomas J. Dart from Cook County, posted an official endorsement message the next day. Sheriff Cook explained why he believed internet privacy protections are important for private citizens and where exactly the current regulations fail private citizens:
“In the criminal justice world we are correctly scrupulous when we use things like social media data to help solve crime, we have a problem when private citizens’ data is getting less privacy consideration than that of criminals. Consumers deserve to know where their personal information is going. Without a change in regulations, the information about company data practices will remain almost entirely hidden from the public eye.”
Dart has worked with state representative to push this legislation through, and SB 1502 has already passed the Illinois State Senate with a 31-21 vote. State Sen. Hastings commented after the bill had passed:
“I think this is a step forward for Illinois in terms