Attorney General, Department of Public Service Announce Third Privacy Hearing

26 October 2018

Interested parties or members of the public should email to confirm attendance. The meeting is part of a legislative mandate to determine whether additional privacy protections for Vermonters are warranted. The meetings are organized and hosted by the Attorney General and the Department of Public Service.

Topics under consideration will include, but are not be limited to:

• Adoption of regulations concerning telecommunications privacy and whether to model such rules after the FCC’s 2016 Privacy Order, WC Docket No. 16-106, FCC 16-148, adopted Oct. 27, 2016. The request for this recommendation was made in [Act 66 of 2017].
• Whether Vermont should designate a Chief Privacy Officer, and what the responsibilities of that Officer would be. This request was made in [Act 171 of 2018].
• Whether to regulate businesses that handle the data of consumers with whom they have a direct relationship, as requested in Act 171.
• Questions, concerns, and recommendations regarding the implementation of the Data Broker Registry, as authorized in Act 171.
• Whether changes should be made to Vermont’s Security Breach Notice Act, 9 V.S.A. § 2453.
• Whether there are questions or concerns regarding citizen data held by the State of Vermont.
• Whether there are specific, identifiable laws or regulations that may be adopted to encourage the growth of privacy-oriented technology companies in Vermont.
• The necessity of any additional approaches to protecting the data security and privacy of Vermont consumers.

The Attorney General’s Office has created a Privacy Working Group webpage to host the latest information on hearings, comments submitted, links to video of hearings, and other relevant documents.