Software and Information Industry Association’s (SIIA) opposes H.121, legislation intended to increase Vermonters’ privacy protections.
As written, the legislation will violate the First Amendment and hamstring our members’ abilities to conduct with and assist investigative journalism, anti-money laundering efforts, know-your-customer compliance, and many other societally valuable activities.
To be clear, SIIA believes that consumer privacy is a proper subject of legislation. It is imperative, however, that state legislation both comply with the First Amendment and respect fundamental public policies reflected in the other federal and state laws with which Vermont’s privacy laws must interact. H. 121, unfortunately, does neither.