Mass. Data Privacy Bill Poses Potential Class Action Risks

By Peter Guffin, Donald Frederico and Melanie Conroy (May 22, 2019, 4:27 PM EDT) -- Earlier this year, Massachusetts state senators introduced a consumer data privacy bill with a private right of action that could become the broadest in the country. The proposed law, An Act Relative to Consumer Data Privacy (S.120) would create a new category of litigation in local state and federal courts against businesses that collect personal information from Massachusetts consumers.[1]

S.120 was most recently referred to the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure. If enacted, S.120 would follow in the wake of a series of data privacy laws in Europe, California and Illinois that have dramatically increased data privacy litigation...

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