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posted by Fnord666 on Thursday June 13 2019, @05:35AM   Printer-friendly
from the sudden-outbreak-of-common-sense dept.

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Maine Governor Signs Strictest Internet Protections in the U.S.

Maine Internet service providers will face the strictest consumer privacy protections in the nation under a bill signed Thursday by Gov. Janet Mills, but the new law will almost certainly be challenged in court.

Several technology and communication trade groups warned in testimony before the Legislature that the measure may be in conflict with federal law and would likely be the subject of legal action.

The new law, which goes into effect on July 1, 2020, would require providers to ask for permission before they sell or share any of their customers’ data to a third party. The law would also apply to telecommunications companies that provide access to the Internet via their cellular networks.

[...]State Sen. Shenna Bellows, D-Manchester, the sponsor of the new law, said Maine was taking a leading role when it came to protecting online consumer privacy.

“Mainers need to be able to trust that the private data they send online won’t be sold or shared without their knowledge,” Bellows said. “This law makes Maine first and best in the nation in protecting consumer privacy online.”

[...]Opponents to the law, including several coalitions of the nation’s leading telecommunication and technology sector companies, have argued it is in conflict with the FCCs rules and could also be a violation of U.S. Constitution’s interstate commerce clause, which prohibits any one state from regulating industries that do business across state lines.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 13 2019, @04:09PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 13 2019, @04:09PM (#855179)

    Need to be at a national level. ( id almost say global, but i dont want to follow EU rules, they are morons out there )

    While i do agree states have rights, laws like this make "interstate" commerce confusing and hard to manage when everywhere you want to do business has different rules.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 13 2019, @05:47PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 13 2019, @05:47PM (#855215)

    but i dont want to follow EU rules, they are morons out there

    Yeah! We should do it like the Chinese [] and Russians [] do! Especially the Chinese []

    Those Europeans [] are so dumb! And don't get me started on how moronic those Canadians are!

    But the Russians and Chinese and the Malaysians and the Philippinos know what time it is!

    Freedom! Freedom! USA! USA! USA!