Office of the Vermont Attorney General

Data Brokers

December 5, 2017

Data Broker Regulation

Vermont’s Data Broker Regulation Legislation, Act 171, goes into full effect on January 1, 2019 (some parts went into effect on May 22, 2018).  The full text of the bill as enacted can be found here.

Data Broker Working Group

The Report to the General Assembly of the Data Broker Working Group Report, issued pursuant to Act 66 of 2017 on December 15, 2017, can be found hereAn archive of all documents relied on in the report can be found here. Any additional comments and inquiries should be sent to My-Lanh Graves at 802-828-5479 or by Email.

Act 66, Enacted as S.72

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.

Public Hearings and Comments

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 .”

Publicly Submitted Documents and Comments:

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

Last modified: July 17, 2018