Vermont First to Pass Law Regulating Data Brokers

Vermont First to Pass Law Regulating Data Brokers

A new privacy law that focuses on data brokers recently came into effect in the state of Vermont, requiring such entities to register with the state, take security standard measures, and notify the authorities about breaches.

World Privacy Forum director Pam Dixon said that data brokers, which are firms that collect, buy and sell information on people from as many sources as possible, should have been regulated around 20 years ago and lauded Vermont for the bill which she regarded as “extremely well-thought through”. She added that by focusing on the activity, the law is able to define what a data broker is, thus making it unlikely for a number of real brokers to escape the designation.   

Source: TechCrunch

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