Lawmakers send data privacy ‘bill of rights’ to governor

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut consumers will be able to find out when their personal information is being tracked and how it’s being used as part of a sweeping data privacy bill headed for Governor Ned Lamont’s office.

The legislation, dubbed a “consumer bill of rights”, also allows people to access, correct, delete and obtain a copy of their personal data, as well as to opt out of having their information used by data specialists. marketing, retailers and others for various purposes such as as targeted advertising. The bipartisan bill easily cleared the House of Representatives on Thursday by a 144-5 vote, about a week after it unanimously passed the Senate.

“We live in a digital world and technology is changing very rapidly,” said Rep. Mike D’Agostino, D-Hamden, co-chair of the General Assembly’s General Laws Committee. “It’s our effort to finally get a head start, at least when it comes to consumer data.”

Connecticut joins Colorado, Utah, Virginia and California in passing such legislation, according to D’Agostino, who said Connecticut’s bill is the most “robust” and uses some of the best aspects of the laws. other states while including additional provisions.

Lawmakers pointed out how the legislation attempts to be fair to Connecticut businesses, acknowledging that they typically use outside vendors who may collect customer data. The bill states that they will not be held liable for violations committed by these providers unless they know about the actions in advance.

The legislation applies to people and entities doing business in the state or producing products and services that target Connecticut residents and process the personal data of at least 100,000 consumers, among other provisions.

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