Maine: Governor signs internet privacy bill into law
The Governor of Maine, Janet Mills ('the Governor'), announced, on 6 June 2019, that she had signed the bill for An Act To Protect the Privacy of Online Customer Information (LD 946) ('the Bill') into law, following its approval by the legislature. In particular, the Governor highlighted that the Bill prohibits an internet service provider ('ISP') from using, disclosing, selling or permitting access to customer personal information unless the customer has expressly given their consent. In addition, the Bill prohibits an ISP from refusing to serve a customer, charging a customer a penalty or offering a customer a discount if the customer does or does not consent to the use, disclosure, sale or access of their personal information.
The Governor also noted that in order to allow ISPs to adjust their practices and accommodate the Bill's provisions, it takes effect on 1 July 2020.