|Privacy Bills in the StatesNumerous states are also looking to pass privacy legislation.
In Washington, the state Senate has already passed SB 6281 which deals with the management and oversight of personal data. While the AAF supports the state’s interest in protecting the privacy of its citizens, we believe a number of provisions in the bill would undermine privacy protections. The AAF and our partners have launched a website and written to the House committee addressing these issues. For example:
- We oppose creating a private right of action. A private right of action could dramatically raise costs for Washington businesses, while creating inconsistent or contradictory regulatory requirements and failing to provide any meaningful privacy protections for consumers.
- We oppose modifying the definition of the term “sale” to include any processing of personal data. Such a change to the definition would be so far-reaching that it would encompass virtually any processing of personal data, even in the absence of personal information transfers.
We have written to Hawaii lawmakers about HB 2572. This bill would require opt-in consent for any sale of geolocation information and “internet browser information,” defined as “information from a person’s use of the internet,” including web browsing history, application usage history, origin and destination IP addresses, device identifiers, and the content of communications comprising Internet activity. Left uncorrected, the bill would undermine the ad-supported Internet to the detriment of both consumers and advertisers.
We have also written once more to the California Attorney General’s office regarding the proposed regulations implementing the California Consumer Privacy Act. In addition to addressing some technical matters, we have urged the AG to delay the enforcement date of July 1, 2020 until January 2012 so that businesses will have adequate time to fully adapt to the new regulations.