Arizona bill addresses data privacy

By Jerod MacDonald-Evoy | Arizona Mirror

Websites like Facebook are facing almost weekly controversies over their use of user data, and now the Arizona Legislature is looking at a possible remedy. But it seems unlikely that the bill would affect any of the large online data-collectors.

House Bill 2259 proposed by Rep. Bob Thorpe, R-Flagstaff, would make any website based in Arizona with a user base of over 500 users create a “personal information portal.”

“The idea is that you can see personal information for yourself and if there is something in error captured on you, you can correct it,” Thorpe told the Mirror.

The bill states that the portal must be a secure online website that would allow the users to access “collected personal information” as well as correcting any errors.

Thorpe said he has spoken with “tech lobbyists” from both national and local businesses to get their thoughts on the legislation and is anticipating working with them while the bill moves through the legislative process.


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