Tennessee Data Privacy Legislation Discussion
In March 2021, draft legislation was introduced in Tennessee that would drastically change how businesses in Tennessee can use and maintain customer data, as well as the data of future customers advertised to online and in apps. This legislation was pieced together from draft legislation and existing laws in other states. It provides penalties for non-compliance and if passed, even opens the door to private rights of actions (and class actions) from consumers for businesses not adhering to the law.
The legislation will be considered at hearings on Oct. 26-27th, 2021 by a special legislative committee. The committee members' goal will be to hear from the public and industry on consumer data privacy so that they can address issues in the legislation, with the intent of amending and passing the legislation in the next legislative session starting in Jan. 2022.
Click here for the most recent draft of the legislation, a memo from the sponsor that explains his intent, and talking points used by the NTC and others to successfully lobbying to stop the bill from passage during the most recent TN legislative session.
Join the NTC for a closed door meeting of NTC member organizations to discuss this legislation. We urge our members' organizations to share this message with their general counsels or legal policy compliance experts to join us for a conversation to discuss this legislation and a path forward.