January 2024 Privacy Points

Happy New Year and Happy Data Privacy Week!

We just wrapped a great Privacy Week with lots of fun and informative activities! Thanks to all of you who were able to join us and make this a successful privacy awareness campaign. This year we emphasized children’s privacy. If you missed our events, check out the links below:

Legislative Session

January 31st is cut-off for bills to get through the policy committees.  OPDP is paying particular attention this session to bills on artificial intelligence (AI).

The bills known as the “AI Task Force” bills (SB 5838 and HB 1934) are on their own journey in each chamber. SB 5838 went through a significant change. A substitute bill narrowed the 42-member task force down to a 9-member executive committee. It is scheduled for Senate Ways and Means Committee Jan. 30. HB 1934 still maintains the 42-member task force but is waiting to be passed out of the Consumer Protection & Business Committee in the House.

HB 1951, which promotes ethical AI by protecting against algorithmic discrimination, received a hearing on Jan. 19 but so far is not scheduled for an executive session to move out of its policy committee.

Back over in the Senate, SB 5957, which requires OPDP to develop guidelines on the use of AI, is scheduled for hearing Jan. 30. Since my office is named, I plan to testify so I’ll keep you updated on how that goes, or you can watch for me around 1:30 next Tuesday!

See you next month with more updates!

Katy Ruckle

State Chief Privacy Officer