State Legislatures Continue to Tackle Privacy Issues With New Consumer, Children’s, Biometric, and Health Data Bills

Madison, Wisconsin – As state legislatures across the country get underway with their 2024 sessions, lawmakers are already focusing on a range of privacy bills, including those related to consumer data, children’s privacy, biometric data, consumer health data, and data brokerage. This marks the fifth year of tracking proposed state privacy legislation, with Husch Blackwell providing weekly updates, a state privacy law tracker map, and additional resources for clients.

In an effort to make information more accessible, Husch Blackwell is changing its format this year. Instead of lengthy blog posts, the firm will provide bill tracking charts to streamline the information into a more digestible format. In the coming weeks, expanded bill tracking charts will be made available to clients through a new client portal. Furthermore, given the increase in algorithmic discrimination bills, Husch Blackwell plans to create a separate email update specifically dedicated to tracking these bills along with other AI-related legislation.

The 2024 legislative session is already off to a fast start, with New Jersey and New Hampshire passing consumer data privacy bills. Other states, including Hawaii, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, and Vermont, have introduced similar bills. Additionally, several carryover bills from the previous session are expected to gain traction in states such as Minnesota, Maine, Wisconsin, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Oklahoma.

Wisconsin, in particular, has already passed a consumer data privacy bill in the Assembly, while Minnesota Representative Elkins presented his bill to an interim committee. In Maine, lawmakers are working on reconciling differences between competing bills. In Colorado, Virginia, Tennessee, and Utah, lawmakers have introduced bills to amend existing consumer data privacy laws. These amendments focus on children’s privacy, tracking technologies, data broker requirements, and expanding the applicability of the law.

The privacy landscape also includes biometric privacy bills, with lawmakers introducing new bills in Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, Oklahoma, and Vermont. Several states, including Maine, Massachusetts, and New York, have carryover bills from the previous session. There are also developments in children’s privacy bills, with expected movement in the coming year. Data broker bills have been introduced in Hawaii, Tennessee, and Washington. Notably, the Washington bill, HB2277, was recently heard in committee and is scheduled for an executive session.

Furthermore, New York Senate Bill S158D, which addresses consumer health data privacy, passed the Senate, while Washington’s My Health My Data inspired bills have been filed in Hawaii and Vermont. Husch Blackwell provides bill tracking charts with detailed information, including bill status, last actions, hearing dates, and sponsor information. Clients can also access tracker maps through provided links.

With the ever-evolving landscape of privacy legislation, Husch Blackwell hopes that their updates, maps, and monthly privacy litigation updates will offer comprehensive coverage of emerging US privacy law for readers seeking to stay informed.