Billion Dollar Idea
Senator and presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren wants tech leaders to be held accountable when user data that they’ve collected gets stolen or leaked.
According to a bill Warren introduced Wednesday, executives of billion-dollar companies could be held criminally liable for data breaches — and perhaps even face jail time.
The legislation comes on the tail of similar legislation introduced by Senator Ron Wyden, signifying that American leaders are getting fed up with poor accountability in tech.
“When small-business owners cheat their customers, they go to jail,” Warren wrote in The Washington Post on Tuesday. “But when corporate executives at big companies oversee huge frauds that hurt tens of thousands of people, they often get to walk away with multimillion-dollar payouts.”