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Governor Lamont Signs Legislation Enacting Comprehensive Consumer Data Privacy Law

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Governor Lamont Signs Legislation Enacting Comprehensive Consumer Data Privacy Law

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont announced today that he has signed into law the Public Law 22-15which enacts a comprehensive set of protections for consumers that provide them with a greater ability to protect their personal data collected when interacting with online businesses.

Specifically, the law requires companies to publicly share a privacy policy that tells consumers what data is collected and how that data is used, and gives consumers the ability to opt out of selling or sharing that data with others. Additionally, it requires consumers under the age of 16 to consent to data collection. Businesses will be prohibited from discriminating against consumers who choose to exercise these rights.

The law also requires companies to reduce the amount of data they collect and only use that data for the purposes for which they collect it, thus having fewer data breaches and identity theft.

Connecticut becomes the fifth state to enact this type of data privacy law, following similar laws recently enacted in California, Colorado, Utah and Virginia. The governor explained that while he would prefer Congress to enact a similar data privacy standard at the federal level, he hopes this growing coalition of states adopting these protections will result in companies failing to comply with these standards across the board. national scale.

“Digital commerce is now a way of life for almost everyone, and every time we stream a TV show or movie online, every time we walk around wearing a fitness tracker, and every time that we buy something from our favorite website, our actions are recorded and frequently sold and shared with others”, Governor Lamont said. “Consumers have the right to know what information is collected, have the opportunity to correct any false data collected and have the right to delete this data if they do not want it collected. I’m glad Connecticut has joined this growing coalition of states taking action to protect consumer privacy. His time has come.

Connecticut’s law – which was approved in the Senate by a 35-0 vote and in the House by a 144-5 vote – is the result of negotiations with industry groups and traders through established task forces under the direction of the majority of the Senate. Leader Bob Duff (D-Norwalk) and led by Sen. James Maroney (D-Milford), Co-Chair of the General Laws Committee.

“Watching Governor Lamont sign this bill is the final step in this process of strengthening online privacy for Connecticut consumers,” Senator Duff said. “This bill will put Connecticut in the elite league as one of the first states to protect people’s personal data.”

“Good legislation takes time to get right, and I want to thank all of my colleagues, advocates and industry representatives as we have worked together over the past three years to get this legislation right,” Senator Maroney said. “What we have created provides the strongest data privacy protections for children in the country. We protect our children and our families, giving our residents data protections so that companies cannot indiscriminately take advantage of your personal data.

The law comes into effect on July 1, 2023, with the exception of a provision relating to a task force, which comes into force immediately.

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