Missouri News: Missouri AG Hawley Urges Public Service Commission to Increase Privacy Protections for Missouri Consumers

JEFFERSON CITY, MOMissouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today submitted a regulatory filing urging the Public Service Commission to adopt more stringent privacy protections for Missouri consumers.  The Public Service Commission, which regulates Missouri utilities, is considering rules governing how companies use and share customer information.

Attorney General Hawley argued that the Commission should implement a variety of additional requirements, including requiring more detailed disclosures to ensure that consumers can make informed decisions about whether to authorize the sharing of their personal information to third parties; requiring utilities to ensure that their third-party contractors employ adequate cybersecurity measures to protect consumer information; and requiring utilities to notify consumers in the event of a data breach or other unauthorized disclosures of consumer information.

“My Office has made protecting consumer privacy and data security a top priority,” Hawley said.  “From investigating the privacy practices of tech giants like Google, to prosecuting data breaches like those at Uber and Equifax, to assisting consumers in the wake of identity theft, my Office is working tirelessly to protect Missouri consumers.  I am pleased that the Public Service Commission is engaging on this pressing issue, and I welcome the opportunity to help the Commission identify new ways to safeguard the personal information of Missourians.”

Attorney General Hawley is leading in the fight to hold tech giants accountable.  In November, the Attorney General’s Office launched an investigation into Google’s business practices.  The investigation was expanded to include allegations the company took improper steps to enhance its market power.  The Office is also investigating Facebook and recent data breaches at Uber and Equifax.


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