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New York: Senate bill for New York Privacy Act reintroduced in State Senate

Senate Bill ('SB') 6701A for the New York Privacy Act was reprinted and reintroduced, on 6 January 2022, in the New York State Senate, after failing to progress in 2021 as SB 6701. In particular, SB 6701A would, among other things:

  • provide consumers with new rights such as the rights of access, correction, and to challenge automated decision-making, among others;
  • require businesses to provide clear notice of how consumer data is being used, processed, and shared;
  • require businesses to maintain reasonable security measures, to notify consumers of foreseeable harms, and to obtain specific consent;
  • require businesses to conduct regular assessments to ensure that data is not used for unacceptable purposes; and
  • provide the New York Attorney General with enforcement powers.

SB 6701A is distinct from a similar Assembly Bill ('AB') A680A for the New York Privacy Act, which was also reintroduced, on 5 January 2022, to the New York Assembly after failing to progress in 2021.

You can read SB6701A and track its progress here.

UPDATE (1 June 2022)

Senate bill for New York Privacy Act amended and renumbered

SB 6701A for the New York Privacy Act was amended, on 31 May 2022, and reprinted and renumbered to SB 6701B, before being sent back to the Senate Committee on Internet and Technology for consideration. In particular, the amendments to SB 6701B include, among other things, certain additions and changes to definitions, as well as amendments to provisions on data subject rights.

You can read SB 6701B and track its progress here.