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A Red State Data Privacy Bill Moves
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This week, a house of a legislature passed one of the strongest privacy bills to be passed in the United States (U.S.) This bill would establish a system under which residents would need to opt into both data collection and the sale of their personal information. Because the default is that businesses cannot collect or sell personal information, this bill stands out from virtually all the other data privacy bills that have been successfully voted out of a legislative chamber. However, if the past is any indication, this bill will not get enacted, for it is too restrictive for data controllers and processors and too generous for the residents of this state. As a result, industry stakeholders will work hard to defeat this bill in the other chamber of the legislature.
The “Oklahoma Computer Data Privacy Act” (HB 2969) passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives by a 74-15 vote, marking the second straight year a data privacy bill has been sent to the state’s Senate. In early 2021, the Oklahoma House of Representatives sent the “Oklahoma Computer Data Privacy Act” (HB 1602) (see here for more detail and see here for more details and analysis on the bill as reported out of committee) to the State Senate after modifying the privacy bill, most notably through stripping the private right of action. Thereafter the bill died in the Senate which did not act on the bill other than referring it to committee.