Vermont Attorney General Posts Privacy Protection Recommendations

December 20, 2018

The Vermont General Assembly has asked the Attorney General, in consultation with the Public Service Department, to make recommendations on the adoption of regulations concerning telecommunications privacy, the designation of a Chief Privacy Officer, and whether to regulate businesses that handle the data of consumers with whom they have a direct relationship.

Watch Public Hearings Here: https://www.cctv.org/search/node/privacy

In 2018, the Attorney General’s Office formed a Privacy Working Group in coordination with the Department of Public Service to investigate the these questions, including three public hearings that included robust conversations with input from members of the public and interested parties.

Themes of conversation included how to fit Vermont into the federal landscape of regulations; how to protect choice and transparency around use of consumer information; and how to balance consumer privacy with economic growth. Six different organizations submitted prepared testimony at the hearings in addition to the open discussions. Others submitted written comments directly to the Attorney General’s office.

The report is posted and can be found in two locations:

Here: https://legislature.vermont.gov/reports-and-research/find/2018.1

And, here: https://ago.vermont.gov/privacy-working-group/

For More information, please contact Ryan G. Kriger, Assistant Attorney General, State of Vermont, Public Protection Division, 109 State Street, Montpelier Vermont 05609. Phone: (802) 828-3170​ and email: ​ryan [dot] kriger [at] vermont [dot] gov

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