Rep. Walter Jones has introduced bill to prevent new technology for digital recorders(DVRs) from infringing on the privacy of individuals.
Called the “We Are Watching You Act,'' the legislation is in response to several companies who have filed patent applications for devices that would collect personal information about consumers while they are watching TV in order to target advertising.
The new technology would watch and listen to consumers with a camera and microphone, determine age and gender, note thermal image, and include facial recognition capabilities.
“Allowing this type of technology to be installed in the homes of American citizens without their consent would be an egregious invasion of privacy,'' Jones, a Farmville Republican said in a statement. “When the government has an unfortunate history of secretly collecting private citizens' information from technology providers, we must ensure that safeguards are in place to protect Americans' rights.''
The legislation, sponsored by Jones and Rep. Michael Capuano, a Democrat from Massachusetts, would require companies to give individuals a choice between opting in to the new technology or using an alternative product that would provide identical services without the recording service.