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Hawaii’s Location Data Privacy Bill Nixed by Ige for Ambiguity

July 15, 2019, 7:40 PM

Governor David Ige vetoed a bill that would have made Hawaii the first state in the nation to ban the sale of location data collected by certain devices without explicit consent.

Under the bill, location data collected or recorded by devices equipped with satellite navigation technology couldn’t be sold or offered for sale without the consent of the device’s primary user. Ige, a Democrat, said in a July 9 letter to the state Legislature that the bill’s wording was unclear.

“This bill is objectionable because it attempts to regulate a complex national industry without sufficient and appropriate wording to ensure...

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