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CO’s Sweeping New AI Bill, MD’s Enactment of Data Privacy and Youth Online Protection Bills & More

May 14, 2024 (2 min read)

CO Lawmakers Pass Sweeping AI Bill

Colorado lawmakers have passed the most sweeping artificial intelligence legislation (SB 205) in the country to date. The bill was patterned after a bill (SB 2) introduced in Connecticut this year by Sen. James Maroney (D), who had hoped to create a template for AI regulation other states could follow. But the Connecticut Senate only managed to pass a scaled-down version of the measure, and the state’s House declined to take it up for a vote after Gov. Ned Lamont (D) threatened to veto it over concerns it might hinder AI development in the state.

The Colorado bill would institute protections against algorithmic discrimination and guarantee consumers the right to know when AI was involved in making major decisions. But it was unclear whether Gov. Jared Polis (D) would sign it. (PLURIBUS NEWS, LEXISNEXIS STATE NET)

MD Enacts Major Data Privacy and Youth Online Protection Bills

Maryland Gov. Wes Moore’s (D) signed a pair of bills last week, adding his state to a short list of other states, including California, Connecticut, Texas and Utah, that have passed both comprehensive data privacy legislation and social media or online protections for children.

One of the measures, the Maryland Online Data Privacy Act (HB 567), imposes broad restrictions on the way companies can collect and use consumer data. The other, the Maryland Kids Code (HB 603), prohibits certain online, social media and video game platforms from tracking users under the age of 18 or using manipulative techniques like notifications and auto-playing videos to keep them online. (PLURIBUS NEWS, NEW YORK TIMES)

PA House Passes Youth Online Protection Bill

Pennsylvania’s House passed a bill (HB 2017) that would require social media companies to let users report “hateful conduct” like threats or bullying. The bill would also require users under the age of 18 to obtain parental consent before opening an account and bar platforms from “mining” the data of users under 18. But its future is uncertain in the Senate, and the U.S. Supreme Court may soon determine whether legislation like HB 2017 can be implemented. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

—Compiled by SNCJ Managing Editor KOREY CLARK

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