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Veto of VT’s Tough Privacy Bill, Passage of Social Media Protections for Minors in NY & More

June 18, 2024 (2 min read)

VT Gov Vetoes Tough Privacy Bill

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott (R) vetoed HB 121, which would have been one of the strongest consumer data privacy laws in the nation, allowing residents to sue data brokers for violations. Scott said the measure would make the state “a national outlier and more hostile than any other state to many businesses and non-profits.” Despite overturning several of Scott’s other vetoes, the state’s Democrat-controlled Legislature failed to override his veto of the privacy bill. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

NY Lawmakers Pass Social Media Protections for Minors

The New York Legislature passed a bill (SB 7694) that would require social media platforms to provide chronological feeds to minors instead of algorithmically curated feeds. The state’s lawmakers also passed a bill (SB 7695) that would prohibit digital services from collecting the data of minors without consent. (PLURIBUS NEWS, LEXISNEXIS STATE NET)

CA Lawmakers Revive Plan to Make Tech Companies Pay for News

California lawmakers are taking another pass at legislation (AB 886) that would require online platforms to pay for the news they publish. A similar bill was derailed last year by divisions within the journalism industry and strong opposition from Google and other tech companies. (LOS ANGELES TIMES)

MI House Passes Deep Fake Bill

Michigan’s House passed a bill (HB 5570) banning the creation, publication or distribution of deep fake sexual images without the consent of the individuals represented in the images. Last year the state enacted laws restricting the use of artificial intelligence in political campaigns and requiring disclosure when it is used. (DETROIT NEWS)

—Compiled by SNCJ Managing Editor KOREY CLARK

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