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"Consumers ought to know how a website that they trust and use every day is selling their personal information to a third party.” - State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign)

SPRINGFIELD – Consumers will have a right to know when their personal information is being collected by a website or app and to whom that website may sell the information under legislation passed by the Illinois Senate today.

Currently, Illinois law requires businesses and state agencies that collect personal information to implement security measures and to notify users of any data breaches, but commercial websites are not required to tell customers what data they collect or with whom they share that data.

Senate Bill 1502, also known as the Illinois Personal Information Protection Act, would require websites to disclose to their customers what vendors they sell personal information to.

State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) co-sponsored the measure.

“Personal information is extremely sensitive and constantly under threat of being used maliciously,” Bennett said. “Because of that, consumers ought to know how a website that they trust and use every day is selling their personal information to a third party.”

The measure now goes to the House of Representatives.

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