Oklahoma representatives Josh West (R-Grove) and Collin Wake (D-Oklahoma City) announced on Monday an interim study on the issue of internet data privacy.

“The framers of the Constitution knew the risk to individual freedom if privacy was not protected against governmental interference, which is why they created the Fourth Amendment,” says West.

“For the first time in human history, corporations now possess more power and influence over private data than many governments; and yet, all levels of government have failed to protect citizens from such exploitation. The invasion of our privacy through data harvesting without informed consent and exploitation of that stolen data through manipulation, both overt and covert, is not a partisan issue – it goes to the very core of what it means to be an American.”

The studies may begin on Aug. 4 and must be completed by Oct. 29.

Details from Fox 25 Oklahoma City.