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Cuomo Proposes Privacy Protections for New Yorkers’ Data

Jan. 15, 2021, 9:39 PM

Companies collecting personal data on large numbers of New Yorkers would have to disclose what the data is used for and only gather it for those purposes under a Friday proposal from Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Cuomo (D) also suggested a Consumer Data Privacy Bill of Rights that guarantees every New Yorker the right to access, control, and erase their data.

The privacy protections are part of the governor’s State of the State policy proposals for 2021. New York lawmakers also have floated new consumer privacy bills recently.

“In a world where we are reliant on technology to work, learn, and even see our family, New Yorkers deserve transparency and accountability from the companies who collect and use their information,” Cuomo said in a statement.

The proposal would establish enforcement mechanisms and cover sensitive information including health, location, and biometric data, such as facial images or fingerprints.

The privacy bill of rights would also prevent providers from discriminating against those consumers who exercise their privacy rights and create a right to equal access to services.

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To contact the editor responsible for this story: Kibkabe Araya at karaya@bloomberglaw.com; Keith Perine at kperine@bloomberglaw.com

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