100TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2017 and 2018
Introduced , by Rep. Jaime M. Andrade, Jr.
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
Creates the Microphone-Enabled Devices Act. Contains legislative
findings and defines terms. Requires that a private entity give written
notice to and obtain the informed consent of a user before enabling the
microphone in the user's device. Provides for a private right of action for
damages, attorney's fees, and injunctive relief. Excludes State agencies
and units of local government. Effective immediately.
A BILL FOR
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AN ACT concerning business.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
This Act may be cited as the
Microphone-Enabled Devices Act.
The General Assembly
finds all the following:
(1) An increasing number of everyday household
devices, such as smartphones, televisions, cars, toys, and
home appliances, are being enhanced by speech recognition
and other technologies that use microphones to listen for
environmental triggers. As a result, private companies are
gaining unprecedented and near constant access to
consumers' private lives, including what they do in their
homes and their daily habits.
(2) While there are tremendous benefits from these
technologies, many pose serious privacy risks to Illinois
citizens. The increasing prevalence of these technologies
in everyday devices enables companies to collect, store,
analyze, and share increasing amounts of personal data,
often without consumers ever knowing.
(3) The public welfare, security, and safety will be
served by regulating the use, collection, and sharing of