North Dakota, Utah, Washington State. .. all three have recently introduced new pieces of data privacy legislation.

UTAH

Utah State Rep. Walt Brooks, has introduced House Bill 80, which creates an “affirmative defense” for companies in lawsuits over data breaches, provided they can prove that they maintain up-to-date data security.

“It doesn’t give them immunity and it doesn’t release them from liability especially if they’re negligent,” said Brooks.

Another bill introduced in the legislature regulates the state’s use of facial recognition technology.

House Majority Leader Francis Gibson, has introduced House Bill 243, which creates a statewide “privacy officer” to look at how state and local governments use some tech and whether or not people’s personal information is protected.

Details from Fox 13 in Salt Lake City


Continue Reading New Data Privacy Legislation Introduced in West, Mountain States

Utah legislators voted unanimously to pass landmark legislation in support of a new privacy law that will protect private electronic data stored with third parties like Google or Facebook from free-range government access.

The bill stipulates that law enforcement will be required to obtain a warrant before accessing “certain electronic information or data.” There are