OP-ED | A Privacy Bill and a Multibillionaire: The Good and the Bad of the Digital World

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Barth Keck
BATH KECK

The digital world has encountered a few newsworthy events recently that could profoundly affect our online experiences.

The Connecticut House of Representatives gave final passage last week to “SB 6: An Act Concerning Personal Data Privacy and Online Monitoring.” The bill, which passed by an overwhelming 144-5 margin, gives state residents “more control of and access to the personal data collected about them by companies on the Internet.”

The bill is similar to those in other states, including California, Colorado, and Virginia, wrote CT News Junkie‘s Hugh McQuaid, giving consumers “the right to view or delete data and opt out of its sale or targeted advertising. It requires certain companies to disclose and minimize the data they collect. The legislation also restricts targeted advertising to children and sale of their data.”

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