Office of the Vermont Attorney General

Data Broker Working Group

July 26, 2017

Information relating to the Data Broker Regulation Working Group, including announcements and all comments submitted, will be posted here.

If you wish to submit comments regarding potential Data Broker Regulation, please contact:
My-Lanh Graves at 802-828-5479 or by Email. The comment period ends on Augst 11, 2017.

On July 25-26, 2017, the Data Broker Regulation Working Group held ten hours of public meetings in Burlington, Vermont. Speakers included employees and representatives of data brokers and industry trade groups, spokespeople for privacy, consumer protection, and human rights organizations, and members of academia.

“The public meetings were recorded and are televised on ORCA Media. You may access the recordings online at: http://www.orcamedia.net/show/data-broker-working-group-part1 and http://www.orcamedia.net/show/data-broker-working-group-part2 (currently, only part one has been uploaded by ORCA Media, part 2 should be uploaded, posted, and accessible soon).”

On June 8, 2017, the Governor signed [S.72] into law. Section 2 of this bill mandates:

On or before December 15, 2017, the Commissioner of Financial Regulation and the Attorney General, in consultation with industry and consumer stakeholders, shall submit a recommendation or draft legislation to the House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development and the Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs reflecting:

(A) an appropriate definition of the term “data broker”;

(B) whether and, if so, to what extent the data broker industry should be regulated by the Commissioner of Financial Regulation or the Attorney General;

(C) additional consumer protections that data broker legislation should seek to include that are not addressed within the framework of existing federal and State consumer protection laws; and

(D) proposed courses of action that balance the benefits to society that the data broker industry brings with actual and potential harms the industry may pose to consumers.
Publicly Submitted Documents and Comments:

Documents and Comments Submitted to Vermont Legislature regarding S.72.

Last modified: January 4, 2018