Bill contains seven articles that deal with all areas of personal information and the rights and protections of consumers.
The Alaska House of Representatives unanimously passed HB 65, legislation offering sweeping expansions and reforms of the state's consumer protection and identity theft laws. The Personal Information Protection Act, sponsored by Representatives John Coghill and Les Gara, contains seven articles that deal with all areas of personal information and the rights and protections consumers have and can expect from individuals and businesses that handle their personal information.
"Times have changed from the days when Alaskans could be reasonably sure that handing over their personal information wouldn't result in fraud or identity theft. Thanks to the Internet and the sheer volume of forms and businesses that now have access to our personal information, it is important to have guidelines on how that personal information is handled," said Rep. Coghill. "You want businesses and other organizations to be able to use that information, however, if someone reaches inside and accesses it, you need the ability to freeze your personal information and have some recourse.
"This bill endeavors to create those tools that are absolutely necessary for industry and consumers to have safeguards and rules with which to operate," added Rep. Coghill.
The main articles in the Personal Information Protection Act are:
HB 65 will be transmitted to the Senate for consideration.