Keypoint: While the act does not include many provisions found in the more recent consumer data privacy laws, it would expand privacy notice obligations in one significant way although the applicability and scope of that requirement is unclear due to the lack of an important definition.

On June 13, 2024, the Rhode Island legislature passed the Rhode Island Data Transparency and Privacy Protection Act (SB 2500 / HB 7787). The act will now move to Governor Daniel McKee for consideration. Assuming the act becomes laws, it will go into effect on January 1, 2026.

The act is based on the Washington Privacy Act model but diverges from the prevalent forms of that model in two ways. First, the act contains a unique privacy notice requirement that would require entities to disclose the third parties to whom they sell or “may sell” personally identifiable information. However, the applicability and scope of that potentially onerous requirement is unclear because the act does not define personally identifiable information. Second, the act does not include some provisions that have become commonplace in recently passed laws such as data minimization language and an obligation to recognize universal opt-out mechanisms.

In the below article, we provide a summary of the act’s more notable provisions. As with prior bills, we have added the Rhode Island act to our chart providing a detailed comparison of laws enacted to date.Continue Reading Rhode Island Legislature Passes Consumer Data Privacy Act