Massachusetts Aims to Increase Data Privacy

June 7, 2019- Earlier this year, Massachusetts state senators introduced a consumer data privacy bill that has the potential to dramatically expand class action litigation risk.

Consumer Data Privacy Bill Increases Consumer Rights

The consumer data privacy bill was introduced with a private right of action that could become the broadest in the country. The proposed law, An Act Relative to Consumer Data Privacy (S.120) would create a new category of litigation in local, state, and federal courts against businesses that collect personal information from Massachusetts consumers.

S.120 defines personal information as “any information relating to an identified or identifiable consumer.” This covers personal information ranging from an individual’s physiological, biological, and behavioral characteristics, to their fingerprints, face and hand patterns, and voiceprints. S.120 also includes DNA, palm and vein patterns, voice recordings, keystroke rhythms, gait patterns, and sleep, health, or exercise data that contains identifying information.

These additional categories have the potential to make Massachusetts’ proposal significantly broader than The Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”) in terms of the products and business activities within its reach, particularly in the healthcare, security, technology, and consumer electronics industries.

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