Security experts are told Arizona’s data privacy law troublesome

By Jerod MacDonald-Evoy | Arizona Mirror

CactusCon at the Mesa Convention Center.
Photo by Jerod MacDonald-Evoy | Arizona Mirror

At the Mesa Convention Center Friday, information security analyst Samantha Kitts told a crowded room of CactusCon attendees the nuances and complexities of the various regulations around data privacy in the United States and abroad. 

CactusCon, which began in 2012, is the largest annual gathering of hackers and security experts in Arizona. Attendees can see speakers who give talks on new exploits found in software or meet with industry groups who may be looking to hire new employees.

Lawmakers tried to expand the state’s data privacy laws in 2019, but were unsuccessful. House Speaker Rusty Bowers, R-Mesa, attempted to create new rules and regulations on how companies use biometric data, and it is expected similar legislation will be introduced when lawmakers return to work in January. 

Bowers sought to ban companies from using biometric data, such as fingerprints or facial recognition, for commercial purposes. 

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