House Bill 230 Will Give Alaskans More Control of Their Internet Data
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 15, 2017
Juneau – Today, Representative Harriet Drummond (D-Anchorage) introduced legislation to prohibit certain telecommunications and internet service providers from collecting personal information without express written approval from the customer. House Bill 230 will help customers know how their personal data is being used and will give people a chance to opt out of that data collection.
“Earlier this month, President Trump signed a measure that was rushed through Congress to roll back internet-privacy protections. This makes it easier for companies to track and sell customer data, including web browser histories and app usage,” said Rep. Drummond. “The decision by Congress to repeal internet privacy rules creates the very real possibility that Alaskan consumers will face an unconstitutional invasion of their privacy, which is entirely unacceptable.”
In light of the changes to federal law, Rep. Drummond filed HB 230 to protect Alaskans right to privacy. The bill would require internet providers or telecommunications companies operating in the state to get the consent of customers before collecting or using their personal information.
“Our state constitution is clear. The right of the people to privacy is recognized and shall not be infringed,” said Rep. Drummond. “Alaskans deserve to know how their data is being used. No one should be able to sell your privacy to the highest bidder.”
House Bill 230 was referred to the House Labor and Commerce and Judiciary Committees.
For more information, please contact Alaska House Majority Coalition Press Secretary Mike Mason at (907) 444-0889.