Joe Arnold reports:
A bill aimed at protecting the personal data of both Kentucky consumers and students was signed into law Thursday by Governor Steve Beshear (D-Ky).
Sponsored by Rep. Steve Riggs (D-Louisville) with an amendment sponsored by Sen. Mike Wilson (R-Bowling Green), the bipartisan legislation (House Bill 232) requires businesses to notify consumers if a data breach reveals personally identifiable information.
The General Assembly also agreed to additional language from Republican Senate Bill 89, which protects student information from use by software vendors.
Websites such as Facebook and Google generate revenue by selling user information to advertisers. The legislation prevents those companies from harvesting students’ private information, such as test results or practice assignments, for the purpose of marketing products to school systems.
Related: House Bill 232.