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Privacy and Security

Privacy and Security

AUTOMATED LICENSE PLATE READERS

Automated license plate readers (ALPRs) capture computer-readable images that allow law enforcement to compare plate numbers against plates of stolen cars or care driven by individuals wanted on criminal charges. Several states have enacted laws that address how ALPRs may be used and how long data collected from ALPRs is stored.

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SECURITY BREACH LAWS

iPhones and iPads Recent high-profile security breaches are prompting states to revise existing security breach legislation. Forty-seven states have security breach notifiication laws. In 2014, Kentucky became the 47th state with a breach law, and Florida enacted significant revisions in its law.

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SECURE DATA DISPOSAL

old computersPersonal identifying information is often collected by businesses and government and is stored in various formats--digital and paper. At least 29 states have enacted laws that require entities to destroy, dispose, or otherwise make personal information unreadable or undecipherable.

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SOCIAL MEDIA PRIVACY

LegisBrief LogoLawmakers began introducing legislation in 2012 that would prohibit employers or educational institutions from requiring employees, applicants or students to turn over passwords to social media accounts. Fifteen states now have laws that attempt to balance the privacy concerns of applicants, employees and students with legitimate needs of employers or schools to evaluate candidates or protect the business or institution.

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OVERVIEW | PRIVACY AND SECURITY

Privacy issues are a growing concern of Americans, especially as the Internet and technology have made personal information more accessible and easier to collect and manipulate.  NCSL tracks Internet privacy laws related to social media, commercial websites, Internet service providers, and private employers.

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