New Legislation Targets P2P Privacy Concerns
PRIVACY LAW—U.S.February 26, 2010
The P2P Cyber Protection and Informed User Act aims to fight data breaches by making consumers "aware of the privacy and security threats associated with some peer-to-peer file-sharing programs," explains Sen. John Thune (R-SD), who sponsored the bill with Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). The proposed legislation, which follows the Federal Trade Commission's notification about recent P2P data breaches, would prohibit file-sharing programs from being installed without user consent and require software developers to inform users when their files are made available to others, eWeek reports. Klobuchar says the bill aims to stop the unintentional exchange of "private files like tax returns, legal documents, medical records and home movies" via peer-to-peer networks by making sure that "people know--in a way that they can understand--that their personal files are being shared with complete strangers."