assembly Bill A5220

2017-2018 Legislative Session

Restricts the disclosure of personal information by businesses

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Archive: Last Bill Status - Stricken

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  • Delivered to Governor
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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Feb 09, 2017 enacting clause stricken
Feb 07, 2017 referred to consumer affairs and protection

A5220 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
Law Section:
General Business Law
Laws Affected:
Amd Art 39-F Art Head, add §899-bb, Gen Bus L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2013-2014: S5171
2015-2016: A2134, S68
2019-2020: A3739, S224
2021-2022: A400, S1349
2023-2024: A417, S3163

A5220 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Restricts the disclosure of personal information by businesses.

A5220 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K


                       2017-2018 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            February 7, 2017

Introduced by M. of A. DINOWITZ -- read once and referred to the Commit-
  tee on Consumer Affairs and Protection

AN ACT to amend the general business law, in relation to restricting the
  disclosure of personal information by businesses


  Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the  "right  to
know act of 2017".
  §  2.  The  legislature  hereby  finds  and declares that the right to
privacy is a personal and fundamental  right  protected  by  the  United
States Constitution. All individuals have a right of privacy in informa-
tion pertaining to them.
  This state recognizes the importance of providing consumers with tran-
sparency  about  how their personal information has been shared by busi-
nesses. For free market forces to have a role  in  shaping  the  privacy
practices  and  for  "opt-in"  and  "opt-out"  remedies to be effective,
consumers must be more than vaguely informed that a business might share
personal information  with  third  parties.  Consumers  must  be  better
informed about what kinds of personal information are purchased by busi-
nesses  for  direct  marketing purposes. With these specifics, consumers
can knowledgeably choose to opt-in or opt-out or choose among businesses
that disclose information to third parties for direct marketing purposes
on the basis of how protective the business is of consumers' privacy.
  Businesses are now collecting personal  information  and  sharing  and
selling  it  in ways not contemplated or properly covered by the current
law. Some web sites are installing up to one hundred tracking tools when
consumers visit web pages and sending very personal information such  as
age,  gender,  race,  income,  health  concerns, and recent purchases to
third-party advertising and marketing companies. Third-party data broker
companies are buying, selling, and trading personal information obtained

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.