Due to the current age of technology, the Illinois General Assembly has taken up measures of cybersecurity. This will likely be an ongoing issue throughout the 100th General Assembly.
The “Geolocation Privacy Protection Act” governs whether a person, business, or group can collect, use, store, or disclose geolocation information on a person’s smartphone, tablet, or laptop computer. The consumer must express consent of geolocation every time an app is launched. Opponents to the Act argue that app stores require privacy protection provisions in their terms of service, and it is redundant for the consumer to acknowledge the disclosure each time an app is launched. The concern is that there will be a decrease in use of common apps that use ones’ location. Proponents feel that an average consumer does not review disclosures.
HB3449 passed both chambers on partisan roll calls, and was then vetoed by Governor Rauner.
SB1502 passed the Senate on a partisan roll call, and remains in the House Rules Committee.
The Michael Best Strategies Illinois office continues to monitor activity on cybersecurity legislation. Check back for updates!