Nevada lawmakers have introduced legislation that would create new web privacy protections after an investigation by The Markup found the state’s COVID-19 vaccine information site contained the most trackers in the country.
The emergency legislation
, introduced by Assembly minority leader Robin Titus and other members of the Assembly, would broaden the scope of Nevada’s existing privacy law. Currently the law requires “commercial” website operators to explain how they collect information and give consumers a way to opt out. Under the proposal, the law would expand to cover any website running a public awareness campaign by or on behalf of government officials.
The Associated Press reported the bill’s introduction last week
and pressed the site’s operators
about The Markup’s findings. Titus told The Markup in an email that she became aware of the issue through the AP’s follow-up reporting to The Markup’s article. “I was shocked and immediately spurred to action to draft an emergency leadership bill to prohibit the sharing or selling of data during public information campaigns,” she said….