SECTION 1. Chapter 166 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2004 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting at the end thereof the following new section:-
Section 45. To ensure that consumer privacy rights are preserved for all residents of the Commonwealth, telecommunications providers shall:
(a) maintain their customer telephone database internally, and under no circumstances release this information to any private entity or subcontractor; and
(b) fully mask a customer’s telephone number when providing information on a customer’s bill payment history to any credit reporting bureau.
Violations of this section shall be punishable by a fine of $1,000 for the first offense and $5,000 for each subsequent offense.
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