Senate Bill S2886

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Relates to establishing the online consumer protection act

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

  • Introduced
    • In Committee Assembly
    • In Committee Senate
    • On Floor Calendar Assembly
    • On Floor Calendar Senate
    • Passed Assembly
    • Passed Senate
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed By Governor

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2021-S2886 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Senate Consumer Protection
Law Section:
General Business Law
Laws Affected:
Add §390-d, Gen Bus L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: A1393
2011-2012: A4809
2013-2014: A1117
2015-2016: A5830
2017-2018: S8149, A3367, A9691
2019-2020: S2323, A3818
2023-2024: S2998, A1366

2021-S2886 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to establishing the online consumer protection act; defines terms; provides that an advertising network shall post clear and conspicuous notice on the home page of its own website about its privacy policy and its data collection and use practices related to its advertising delivery activities; makes related provisions.

2021-S2886 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

2021-S2886 (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  S E N A T E
                             January 26, 2021
 Introduced  by Sen. KAVANAGH -- 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  establishing
   the online consumer protection act
   Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may  be  cited  as
 the "online consumer protection act".
   §  2.  Legislative  findings.  The  state  has  the authority to enact
 consumer regulations to protect the people of the state.  Recently,  the
 state  has enacted a series of laws to address problems arising from the
 ubiquity of the internet.  From  protecting  consumers  from  electronic
 breaches  of  security  to  enacting  laws  prohibiting  the practice of
 "phishing" -- an electronic form of identify theft -- the state  has  an
 obligation to enact sensible protections for the people.
   The  internet  age  has  changed, often for the better, the way people
 work, enjoy entertainment and interact with one another.  However,  with
 the  internet age new problems have arisen that must be addressed, chief
 among them, the loss of personal privacy. Recent examples, including one
 where search engine results were tracked to an individual,  have  illus-
 trated  that  a  person's  privacy can be breached easily and with grave
 consequences. There is a fundamental rift  between  tracking  technology
 and  consumers'  right  to  control  what data is collected and where it
 goes. Action must be taken in order to prevent more egregious violations
 of  privacy  occurring  including  price  discrimination,  exposure   of
 personal information to subpoenas and warrantless government access.
   This  act  establishes  provisions  to  allow consumers the ability to
 simply opt-out of being monitored on  the  internet.  Such  protections,
 akin  to the do not call registry, are a fair, sensible and common sense
 way to give consumers a clear choice with respect to being monitored.

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


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