Mass. Data Privacy Bill Would Increase Litigation Risks

By Melanie Conroy and Peter Guffin (November 19, 2021, 10:42 AM EST) -- On Oct. 13, the Joint Committee on Advanced Information Technology, the Internet and Cybersecurity — newly created by the commonwealth of Massachusetts — held a public hearing on pending legislation, including a comprehensive data privacy bill.

While the hearing's agenda covered a range of topics including net neutrality, equitable broadband access and technology in education, comprehensive data privacy was a central focus of public comment.[1]

The bill in question, An Act establishing the Massachusetts Information Privacy Act, was introduced as S.46 by Sen. Cynthia Stone Creem and as H.142 by Rep. Juan Vargas.[2] If enacted, the proposed law could reshape how businesses...

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