Multiple bills have been introduced to protect sensitive consumer information in light of multiple attempts by hackers in recent years to obtain information.
HB18-1128 sponsored by Assistant House Minority Leader Cole Wist (R-Centennial) and Rep. Jeff Bridges (D-Greenwood Village) and crafted with the help of the state Attorney General’s Office, the bill would require any company that maintains personal consumer data to securely destroy the information if it’s no longer needed. It would also strengthen the state’s notification requirements, giving companies no more than 45 days to notify victims — and no more than seven days to notify the attorney general if more than 500 people are affected.
Under HB18-1090, sponsored by Democratic House Speaker Crisanta Duran and Rep. Kim Ransom (R-Littleton) credit agencies would be required to put automatic security freezes on the credit reports of every Coloradan under the age of 18. The freeze, which prevents strangers from using your identity to apply for credit, would lift automatically when the minor turns 18.
A separate Republican proposal, HB1129 sponsored by Rep. Polly Lawrence and Sen. Jack Tate, contains similar provisions but doesn’t implement the freeze automatically — a parent or guardian would have to request it.