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Personal Privacy Task Force - 77th R.S. (2001)

Committee Members
Brian McCall, Chair
Robert Duncan
Senfronia Thompson
Leticia Van de Putte
Joy Anderson
Ann Arnold
C.J. Brandt
Gary Clayton
Jack Gullahorn
Deborah Hiser
Robert V. New
Rob Schneider
Laura L. Stapleton
Sherilyn Woodfin
• Study issues related to the information practices of state government that affect personal privacy.
• The task force shall:
(1) identify the types of personal information about individuals that are being collected by state governmental bodies and how the information, once collected, is used;
(2) identify how state governmental bodies disseminate personal information about individuals, including the extent to which the information is sold or given to commercial enterprises;
(3) identify existing protections in state law and administrative rules against unwarranted disclosure of personal information about individuals and recommend legislation or rule changes to enhance protections against unwarranted disclosure;
(4) assess the impact that evolving technologies have on the collection, dissemination, and use of personal information by state governmental bodies;
(5) identify the benefits and detriments of information sharing among state governmental bodies that collect, store, and disseminate information relating to individuals and businesses;
(6) determine the proper role of state government in the context of federal law and federal regulations in establishing statutory and regulatory privacy protections;
(7) recommend steps to ensure that personal information transmitted to, by, or from state governmental bodies in an electronic format is adequately encrypted and secured to protect individuals' privacy;
(8) recommend legislation and changes in administrative policy governing the collection, storage, andtransfer of information among and within state governmental bodies;
(9) recommend legislation under which an individual would have the right to be notified if a state governmental body proposed to sell personally identifiable information about the individual and would have the right to prohibit the sale unless the sale was in furtherance of the statutory duties of the state governmental body; and
(10) assess and analyze federal laws, regulations, and practices that affect, may affect, or could serve as a model for state government or commercial privacy practices and recommend legislation based on its assessment and analysis.

Appointed pursuant to HB 1922, 77th Legislature.

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