FORD, FRIERSON INTRODUCE BILL TO STRENGTHEN NEVADA INTERNET PRIVACY PROTECTIONS

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May 11, 2017

FORD, FRIERSON INTRODUCE BILL TO STRENGTHEN NEVADA INTERNET PRIVACY PROTECTIONS

CARSON CITY - Today, Nevada Senate Majority Leader Aaron D. Ford and Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson released the following statement after introducing Senate Bill 538. The bill makes changes to Nevada’s Internet privacy laws that are designed to give consumers more notice when personal information is being collected online.

“For generations, privacy has been an essential Nevada value and that should not change in the Internet age. This bill takes the simple step of requiring that consumers receive fair notice when their personal information is being collected. It’s important that Nevada’s privacy laws reflect the fact that we are all conducting more and more of our lives online.”

Senate Bill 538 requires operators of Internet websites or online services to provide notice of users’ personal information that is collected by the site or service. Knowing or willful failure to provide required notice or making a material misrepresentation within a notice is a violation subject to civil penalties. If the bill becomes law, the Attorney General would be empowered to bring actions against violators. 

Earlier this year, Congress passed legislation rolling back federal Internet privacy protections that required service providers to disclose when private information was being collected and obtain consent before such information was sold. The federal rollback legislation was co-sponsored by Nevada’s senior U.S. Senator, Dean Heller. 

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