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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Jennifer E. Benson


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act prohibiting the collection of personal information from a consumer.






Date Added:

Jennifer E. Benson

37th Middlesex


John W. Scibak

2nd Hampshire


Carlos González

10th Hampden


David Paul Linsky

5th Middlesex


Steven S. Howitt

4th Bristol


Josh S. Cutler

6th Plymouth


Lori A. Ehrlich

8th Essex


Chris Walsh

6th Middlesex


James J. Dwyer

30th Middlesex


Jeffrey N. Roy

10th Norfolk


Aaron Vega

5th Hampden


Carole A. Fiola

6th Bristol


Angelo L. D'Emilia

8th Plymouth


Kate Hogan

3rd Middlesex


William L. Crocker, Jr.

2nd Barnstable


Smitty Pignatelli

4th Berkshire


Sal N. DiDomenico

Middlesex and Suffolk


Denise Provost

27th Middlesex


John F. Keenan

Norfolk and Plymouth


Alice Hanlon Peisch

14th Norfolk


Antonio F. D. Cabral

13th Bristol


Christine P. Barber

34th Middlesex


Carmine L. Gentile

13th Middlesex


Michael S. Day

31st Middlesex


Tackey Chan

2nd Norfolk


Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex


Mike Connolly

26th Middlesex


Anne M. Gobi

Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Middlesex


Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex


Natalie Higgins

4th Worcester


Frank A. Moran

17th Essex


James R. Miceli

19th Middlesex


Patricia A. Haddad

5th Bristol


Brian M. Ashe

2nd Hampden


Marc R. Pacheco

First Plymouth and Bristol


Jay R. Kaufman

15th Middlesex


Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

20th Middlesex


José F. Tosado

9th Hampden


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3888        FILED ON: 4/3/2017

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By Ms. Benson of Lunenburg, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Jennifer E. Benson and others for legislation to prohibit certain telecommunications or internet service providers from collecting personal information from customers without express written approval.  Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy.


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the One Hundred and Ninetieth General Court



An Act prohibiting the collection of personal information from a consumer.


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

SECTION 1. Chapter 93 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2014 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after section 114 the following section:-

Section 115. No telecommunications or internet service provider that has entered into a franchise agreement, right-of-way agreement, or other contract with the state of Massachusetts or a political subdivision, or that uses facilities that are subject to such agreements, even if it is not a party to the agreement, may collect personal information from a customer resulting from the customer’s use of the telecommunications or internet service provider without express written approval from the customer.

SECTION 2. This act shall take effective upon its passage.