New Hampshire: House bills on privacy introduced to House of Representatives
House Bill ('HB') 1221 for the Act Relative to Privacy for an Employee's Personal Financial and Credit Information ('the Bill') was introduced, on 8 January 2020, to the New Hampshire House of Representatives. In particular, the Bill prohibits any employer, labour organisation, or employment agency to use or request the information in the credit history of a job applicant or employee in connection with or as a criterion for employment decisions. Furthermore, the Bill establishes that violations of the Bill would be subject to a civil penalty to be imposed by the labour commissioner.
In addition, HB 1236 for the Act Relative to the expectation of Privacy ('the Cause of Action Bill') was introduced, on 8 January 2020, to the New Hampshire House of Representatives. In particular, the Cause of Action Bill establishes an expectation of privacy in, among other things, personal information including personal identifiers, content, and usage, given or available to third-party service providers, social media providers, banks and financial institutions. Moreover, the Cause of Action establishes a penalty for a breach of this information of $1,000 per each violation and an award of costs and reasonable attorney fees.