STATE LEGISLATION REGULATES COLLECTION OF PERSONAL DATA GLEANED FROM COOKIES

States are adopting legislation dealing with the issue of the collection of personal information from cookies on government agency websites. A Website collecting such information is obligated to comply with specific provisions of relevant legislation. Where the personal information collected could be used for other purposes, additional requirements apply, such as the posting of conspicuous advisory notices to inform users of such practices.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

According to Montana’s legislation, what types of activities does the collection of information include?
What type of information must the Website provide if personally identifiable information may be given or sold to a third party?
Have any other states adopted similar legislation?

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