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Office of the Vermont Attorney General

Attorney General And Department Of Financial Regulation Announce Public Meetings On Possible Data Broker Legislation

June 30, 2017

CONTACT: My-Lanh Graves, Administrative Secretary, 802-828-5479

June 30, 2017

On Tuesday, July 25 and Wednesday, July 26, 2017, meetings will be held at which any interested person may provide comments on data broker regulatory legislation. Broadly speaking, a data broker collects information, including citizens’ personal information, from a variety of sources and then sells that information to advertisers and others for various purposes.

The Vermont Legislature tasked the Attorney General and the Department of Financial Regulation (DFR) to propose legislation or make a recommendation about whether, or how, to regulate the data broker industry. The working group will consult with consumer and industry stakeholders, and receive comments from the public. The working group’s recommendation or draft legislation is due by December 15, 2017.

The meetings will be held between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM at the Department of Financial Regulation’s office, located at 29 Church Street, 3rd Floor in Burlington, Vermont. These meetings are open to the public. If you wish to comment or attend, please contact: My-Lanh Graves at 802-828-5479 or MyLanh.Graves@Vermont.gov. An agenda will be posted on the Attorney General’s and DFR’s websites prior to the meetings.

The Legislature passed S.72 in June 2017; it requires the Attorney General and DFR to provide a recommendation or draft legislation reflecting:

  1. An appropriate definition of the term “data broker”;
  2. Whether and, if so, to what extent the data broker industry should be regulated by the Commissioner of Financial Regulation or the Attorney General;
  3. 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
  4. 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. The full text of S.72 can be found here.

The public meetings are intended to provide an opportunity for industry, consumer advocates, and the public to comment on the above-listed specific topics and on potential legislation regarding data brokers generally. Written comments will also be accepted through Friday, August 11, 2017 and will become part of the public record in this matter. Please send any written comments to My-Lanh Graves at MyLanh.Graves@Vermont.gov or by mail to the Attorney General’s Office at 109 State St., Montpelier, VT 05609.

Last modified: January 10, 2018