By Olivia Ingle
The right to privacy is a fundamental human right, even when it comes to corporate or industrial spying, state Rep. Jay Barnes told a House panel Thursday.
He presented four bills before the committee that aim to protect the privacy of Missourians.
The bill that faced the most opposition was one that would prohibit the sharing of personally identifiable information — including the purchasing history — of Missourians without their consent.
It defines personally identifiable information as “any information that identifies, relates to, describes, or is capable of being associated with a consumer.”
Barnes, R-Jefferson City, said the law would especially come into play with big-box retailers, such as Walmart.
“Your purchasing history is tracked by that retailer, which is OK, especially when it’s used to learn what customers like and do,” Barnes said. “Some data is packaged together and sent to data brokers, and they repackage it and sell to any willing buyer.”