Chris Nolen Discusses State Bills on Internet Privacy

May 23, 2018

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In a recent Stateline article from The Pew Charitable Trusts, McGuireWoods Consulting senior vice president Chris Nolen commented on state efforts to develop internet privacy legislation.

Last year, President Trump repealed Obama-era rules intended to prohibit internet service providers from selling or disseminating users’ personal information without permission. Since the repeal, about half the states have filed bills to address internet privacy.

Describing the trend, Chris said, “At the federal level you have more of people pushing big idea initiatives that are broad. The states are more driven to solving an immediate problem instead of imposing across-the-board requirements or protections across topical areas.”

However, many state bills on internet privacy and net neutrality have failed or are still pending as legislative sessions come to an end.