Enlarge / Minnesota state capitol building in St Paul. (credit: Getty Images | YangYin)
Legislation approved by the Minnesota House and Senate this week would prevent ISPs from collecting personal information without written approval from customers. The quick action came in response to the US House and Senate voting to eliminate nationwide rules that would have forced ISPs to get consent from Americans before using or selling Web browsing history and app usage history for advertising purposes.
When the Minnesota Senate on Wednesday discussed a budget bill, it added an amendment that says ISPs may not “collect personal information from a customer resulting from the customer’s use of the telecommunications or Internet service provider without express written approval from the customer.” The amendment would also prohibit ISPs from refusing to provide services to customers who do not approve collection of personal information.
The Minnesota House added a similar amendment to its own budget bill on Tuesday, according to a Pioneer Press article.
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