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State Lawmakers Proposing Package of Privacy Bills

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

February 1, 2013

Maine state legislators have outlined a set of proposed bills aimed at protecting individuals’ private information. The five proposed bills include requiring commercial websites to notify consumers when data is being collected; protecting employees’ social media passwords at work; limiting domestic drone use, and requiring law enforcement to obtain warrants prior to tracking cellphone data, according to the Maine Public Broadcasting Network. Speaking at a press conference with several legislators and the Maine Chapter of the ACLU, IAPP Chief Technology Officer Jeff Northrop, CIPP/US, CIPP/IT, highlighted the growing tension between people’s fears of losing control of their personal information and the “ever-present march of technology,” adding, “How can you at once resolve somebody’s fears…while not stifling innovation?”
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