Mike is committed to protecting our privacy in common sense ways.

He is concerned about the increasing amount of information that we make available through technology, sometimes by not even realizing we are doing it.


Growth in technology and the proliferation of smartphones have resulted in a loss of privacy for all of us. While this may be an inevitable result of the advances made, Mike is committed to protecting our privacy in common sense ways. He is concerned about the increasing amount of information that we make available through technology, sometimes by not even realizing we are doing it.

Mike is an outspoken opponent of Republican efforts to make everything we do on the internet available for sale and is fighting to restore an FCC rule that protected consumer privacy. Without it, internet service providers (ISPs) are permitted to sell the information they can gather on us, including the websites we visit, the items we search for on the internet and the Apps we use regularly. Imagine how much information someone would know about you if they had access to all of that. They would know about your finances, if you are searching for a new job or if you’re concerned about a private medical condition. They would even know your driving patterns and the places you visit regularly. Mike does not think we should have to give up so much of ourselves just to browse the internet.

Mike is an outspoken opponent of Republican efforts to make everything we do on the internet available for sale and is fighting to restore an FCC rule that protected consumer privacy.

Mike has filed legislation to give consumers more control over their own televisions after reports surfaced and patents were unearthed relating to DVR technology. Companies are developing tools that would equip the DVR with the ability to record people in the privacy of their own homes while watching television. The information could be used to target advertisements.  Consumers should not have to trade off the expectation of privacy in their own home just to enjoy a state-of-the-art television system.

Mike has long been concerned about questions over who has control over the information recorded by a vehicle’s “black box”. He filed legislation stipulating that all data collected by the event data recorder (EDR) are the property of the vehicle owner. Nothing could be retrieved by anyone else without a court order. This legislation is now law. Mike has also filed legislation that would give consumers better notice about the EDRs in the cars they own and to give them the power to disable the data collection.

He has also filed legislation to establish privacy protections for the information obtained through automatic license plate readers. They are set up on police cars or as fixed cameras to capture thousands of license plates every hour. There is no statutory limit on how long the information can be stored or who can access it. Mike’s legislation does not prohibit the use of the cameras. It simply requires police departments to delete the data after a specified time unless needed in an active police investigation. It also prevents the sharing of data outside the local police department.

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