Vermont breaks ground with pioneering data privacy legislation

Lawmakers included a right-to-sue provision and rolled in a kids code bill.
The Vermont State House stands on Feb. 14, 2023, in Montpelier, Vt. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke, File)

Vermont is poised to become one of the first states to allow consumers to sue companies over data privacy, as well as to enact enhanced online protections for children.

The provisions are part of a comprehensive data privacy package lawmakers passed with bipartisan support late Friday night, just before the legislature adjourned. It came after down-to-the-wire negotiations between the House and Senate.

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