Last updated: October 28, 2019

It seems like every day there is a new privacy scandal: too much data collected by ubiquitous apps, improper sharing of data with third parties, the use of data for nefarious purposes or just plain old data breaches. With this much going on, what are we to do? Instead of waiting for the indecision train in the federal legislature, U.S. states have decided to take matters into their own hands by proposing new privacy bills to protect the consumers of their states. While the bills all differ somewhat, if passed, they would all require updates to your Privacy Policy. 

At Termageddon, we keep track of these bills for you and automatically update your Privacy Policies when needed. We have created a state privacy law tracker that will help you better understand the proposed bills and how they may affect your business. The privacy law tracker discloses all bills that have been proposed by U.S. states that would affect Privacy Policy disclosures and business obligations. We do not include bills that have become law, nor bills that are dead. Here is a list of the laws that require you to have a Privacy Policy and that affect how that Privacy Policy is written. 

We update this post periodically when new bills are proposed, when bills die and when bills are passed into law. 

State bill tracker

 

Click here for a link to our google spreadsheet of US State Privacy Law Tracker.

We classified the bills into a chart to make it all easier to understand. Here is an explanation of the factors against which each bill is weighed: 

  • Privacy Policy changes: this bill would require changes to the Privacy Policies of companies that it applies to; 
  • Business size limit: this bill applies to businesses of a certain size. For example, some of the bills apply to businesses that make millions of dollars in revenue or collect the personal information of a certain number of that state’s citizens; 
  • Consumers can sue: this bill allows consumers to sue the business if they violate this law. Note that some of these bills allow consumers to sue if their private information was breached but our privacy tracker does not note this as we’re a Privacy Policy company, not a breach mitigation company; 
  • Right to access data: consumers have the right to see the specific pieces of data that the company has collected about them; 
  • Right to delete data: consumers have the right to request that the business delete their personal data; 
  • Right to correct data: consumers have the right to request that the business correct their incorrect data or complete their incomplete data; 
  • Right to restrict processing: consumers have the right to limit how businesses use their data. 
  • Right to opt out: consumers have the right to say no to the sharing or selling of their data. 
  • Opt-in consent required: consumers have to affirmatively allow the business to collect, use, sell or share their data. 
  • Right to portability: consumers have the right to receive their personal data that the business has collected on them in an electronic, commonly-used, machine structured format. 
  • Against automated decision making: the bill restricts a businesses’ ability to make certain decisions by solely automated means, without any human involvement. 
  • Imposes fiduciary duty: the bill obligates a business to act solely in the best interest of the consumer and not the business when it comes to that consumer’s data. 
  • Prohibits discrimination: the bill prohibits businesses from discriminating against consumers that exercise their rights by charging higher prices or by providing inferior quality service or products. 

 

As the proposed bills are always changing, make sure to check this post often to keep up to date! Or don’t, we’ll update your policies automatically for you when the bills become law. 

 

Protect yo’ self, 

Team Termageddon