Keypoint: The 2022 legislative session of proposed state consumer privacy legislation kicks off with the filing of a new bill in Oklahoma.
On September 9, 2021, Rep. Collin Walke (D) and Majority Leader Rep. Josh West (R) filed the Oklahoma Computer Data Privacy Act of 2022. The Oklahoma legislature is not scheduled to convene until February 7, 2022, such that there is ample time for policymakers and lobbyists to study the bill. We spoke with Representative Walke earlier this year about his goal of passing a privacy law in 2022.
In an accompanying press release, Representative Walke stated: “The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence explained that America is ill-prepared for the next decade of technological development, and part of that is due to a lack of governmental action in regulating things like data privacy. It is time that we heed the advice of security experts like the National Security Commission and pass meaningful data privacy legislation. We must be part of the solution and not the problem.”
In 2021, the Oklahoma House passed another privacy bill but it did not make it out of the Senate Judiciary Committee. According to Rep. Walke, the 2021 version will still be alive when the 2022 legislative session convenes such that Oklahoma lawmakers will have two bills to consider.
Below is an overview of the 2022 bill (as introduced).
In addition, members of Husch Blackwell’s privacy and data security practice will be hosting a webinar on September 28 to discuss developments in U.S. privacy law, including the 2022 Oklahoma bill. Click here to register.