Governor Mills Signs Protection for Online Customers; Effective Next Year

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Governor Janet D. Mills Signs the Privacy Bill With Sponsor Senator Shenna Bellows (D) Watching.

Governor Janet Mill, the first woman governor in Maine, signed LD 946 “An Act to Protect the Privacy of Online Customer Information” sponsored by Senator Shenna Bellows (D) of Manchester.  The internet privacy legislation which garnered bipartisan support and unanimous approval in the Maine Senate, prevents the use, sale or distribution of a customer’s personal information by internet providers without the express consent of the customer.

“Maine people value their privacy, online and off,” said Governor Mills.  “The internet is a powerful tool and as it becomes increasingly inter-twined with our lives, it is appropriate to take steps o protect the personal information and privacy of Maine people with this common-sense law, Maine people can access the internet with the knowledge and confidence that their personal information cannot be bought or sold by their ISPs without their express approval.”

“Internet privacy has become such a critical issue across our county and our state, Maine’s need to be able to trust that the private data, they send on-line won’t be sold or shared without their knowledge,” said Senator Shenna Bellows,  This law makes Maine first and best in the nation in protecting consumer privacy online.”

The law takes effect July 1, 2020.

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