assembly Bill A400

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Restricts the disclosure of personal information by businesses

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Jan 05, 2022 referred to consumer affairs and protection
Jan 06, 2021 referred to consumer affairs and protection


A400 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
Law Section:
General Business Law
Laws Affected:
Amd Art 39-F Art Head, add §899-cc, Gen Bus L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2013-2014: S5171
2015-2016: A2134, S68
2017-2018: A5220, A8097, A10571, S72
2019-2020: A3739, S224
2023-2024: A417, S3163

A400 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Restricts the disclosure of personal information by businesses.

A400 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
                           I N  A S S E M B L Y
                              January 6, 2021
 Introduced  by  M.  of A. ROZIC, DINOWITZ, ABINANTI, WEPRIN -- read once
   and referred to the Committee 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 2021".
   § 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