senate Bill S224

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Restricts the disclosure of personal information by businesses

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Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Consumer Protection Committee

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 08, 2020 referred to consumer protection
Jan 09, 2019 referred to consumer protection


S224 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Senate Consumer Protection
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: S68, A2134
2017-2018: S72, A5220, A8097, A10571
2021-2022: S1349, A400
2023-2024: S3163, A417

S224 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Restricts the disclosure of personal information by businesses.

S224 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S224 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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


                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E


                             January 9, 2019

Introduced  by  Sen. HOYLMAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Consumer 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 2019".
  § 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


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