Kennedy introduces act making deleting online accounts easier

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In this Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, photo a woman types on a keyboard in New York. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane)

WASHINGTON D.C. (BRPROUD) Sen. John Kennedy introduced the “Click to Quit Act” at the 117th Congress on Friday, July 30. This act would require online platforms such as social media networks, search engines and public websites to give users a straightforward and easier way to delete their online accounts.

If any platforms were to violate this requirement, the Federal Trade Commission could penalize privileges.

The act says that the tool could be in the form of a button, a link or tab that can be easily understandable and has clear language that should be located in an obvious spot.

This is not the first piece of legislation about online privacy that Kennedy has introduced. In May of this year, Kennedy and Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minn. introduced the Social Media Privacy Protection and Consumer Rights Act of 2021. The act aims to the protect privacy of consumers’ online data.

“Quitting a social media account or a web app shouldn’t require a trip through a maze of tabs or legalese,” Kennedy said. “Online platforms often make it confusing or hard for users to cut ties, and the Quit to Click Act would give users a quick, easy and sure way to delete their accounts.”

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