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Boucher Bill: Burden on Employers?

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

May 24, 2010

Federal privacy legislation proposed by Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA) aimed at regulating online marketers "would impose substantial burdens on virtually every U.S. employer," Philip Gordon writes on the Workplace Privacy Counsel blog. Gordon examines provisions within the bill "that would require almost every employer, regardless of size, to provide every employee and apparently every job applicant with a privacy notice and obtain their affirmative opt-in consent to the employer's collection, use and disclosure of certain categories of personal information." In its current form, he writes, the bill is "substantially burdensome" as "every employer collects at least one category of sensitive information as defined by the bill."
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