Press Release: Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 2PM ET Contact: Christina Gibson, firstname.lastname@example.org, 603-224-5591
State Representative Neal Kurk Sponsors Privacy Bills
New Hampshire Joins Nationwide Effort Empowering Americans to #TakeCTRL of Their Privacy
Concord, NH -- State Representative Neal Kurk has asked his legislative colleagues in New Hampshire to focus on the issue of personal data and materials privacy by supporting HB 1494 and HB 1496 in the 2016 legislative session. Americans have a right to know what information is being collected about them, and they overwhelmingly support proposals to strengthen privacy protections for personal data.
“HB 1494 and HB 1496 are commonsense measures that would make important advances in protecting the privacy of the citizens of New Hampshire,” said Representative Kurk. “More and more we’re seeing gross overreach into our personal data by both business and government. The people of New Hampshire expect and need these protections now more than ever.”
Representative Kurk’s announcement today coincides with calls from elected officials in 16 other states and Washington, D.C. on both sides of the aisle who are dedicated to fighting for privacy. Where the U.S. Congress has failed to act in protecting Americans’ privacy, state legislatures across the country are stepping up to fill that void. Together, these states have introduced a range of new legislation that includes protections for student privacy, location tracking, and personal data.
“Every person should have the power to decide with whom they want to share personal, private information. Privacy is not about keeping secrets, it is about exercising control over our own lives,” said Devon Chaffee, Executive Director of the ACLU of New Hampshire. “We’re grateful to Representative Kurk for his ongoing efforts to affirm that privacy remains a core value in our state and throughout the United States of America.”
The bipartisan actions by states to advance privacy protections are mirrored by the results of a recent poll conducted by Anzalone Liszt Grove Research, which found that 90% of Americans believed (73% of them “strongly”) that the next president should make “protecting privacy so we have more control over our personal information” a policy priority.