Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum today praised the Oregon legislature for passing legislation (HB 2090) that will update Oregon’s consumer law to hold companies accountable for their online privacy policies. Sen. Chuck Riley carried the bill in the Senate, and Reps. Jennifer Williamson and John Huffman carried the bill in the House. The bill will now move to the Governor’s desk.
Under the legislation, businesses will have to follow the terms of their online privacy policies that consumers agree to before downloading an app, or other online tool. Oregon’s Unlawful Trade Practices Act, first passed in the 1970’s–well before the advent of the internet–will now cover online privacy policies so that businesses will be held accountable when they do not follow their own privacy rules.
Kristina Edmunson, Department of Justice, Kristina.Edmunson@doj.state.or.us, 503-378-6002