Social Media and Consumer Privacy Bill
Connecticut state representative Mitch Bolinsky (R) has introduced legislation to protect consumers from social media sites that use “deceptive and aggressive practices” to send email marketing without the users permission. The bill (H.B. 5779) currently in the Connecticut General Assembly would place limits on how often social media providers could request access to the contact list of its users in order to generate unsolicited marketing to those contacts. Rep. Bolinsky likens his bill to the right to be on a do-not-call list. In addition to greater legislative scrutiny, social media providers have also been sued for repeatedly accessing the email contact lists of its users in order to solicit others, Perkins v. LinkedIn.