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Privacy issues are a growing concern of Americans, especially as the Internet and technology have made personal information more accessible and easier to collect, access and repurpose or manipulate. NCSL tracks Internet privacy laws in a number of areas, including legislation and laws prohibiting employers or educational institutions from requiring employees or students to reveal their social media passwords and usernames.
NCSL also tracks cyberstalking and cyberharassment legislation as well as laws to protect the privacy of recorded 911 call information. Personal identifying information is often collected by businesses and stored in various formats, both digital and traditional paper. With identity theft a growing problem in the country, many states have passed laws that require entities to destroy, dispose, or otherwise make personal information unreadable or undecipherable, in order to protect an individual’s privacy.
NCSL also covers security breach disclosure laws, radio frequency identification (RFID) laws, and laws regulating event data recorders in vehicles. Ten states have constitutional provisions that expressly provide greater privacy protections than those provided for in the U.S. Constitution.
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