Utah inches closer to becoming fourth state to pass privacy law

Last week, the Utah House of Representatives unanimously passed a consumer privacy bill — the Utah Consumer Privacy Act — moving it one step closer to becoming the fourth state to enact privacy legislation in the US. 

The bill will head back to the Utah Senate, where it was passed earlier this year. Officials there need to decide whether they will accept the amendments added by House members before it heads to the desk of Utah Governor Spencer Cox. Cox did not respond to requests for comment about whether he will sign the bill if it makes it to his desk.  

The Utah Consumer Privacy Act applies to companies with an annual gross revenue of $25 million and those that conduct business in Utah or produce goods for Utah residents. The bill also only applies to businesses that “control or process” the personal information of 100,000 Utah residents or “derive over 50% of its gross revenue from the sale of personal data and controls or processes personal data of at least 25,000 residents.”

The bill would take effect in December 2023 and would offer Utah residents the right to notice, access, portability, and deletion — but does not offer people the

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