The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has released its Data Privacy and Security Report, which summarizes the work of an advisory committee convened by DATCP to develop a better understanding of the current legislative landscape, consumer needs, and regulatory challenges related to protecting consumer data.
In response to high-profile data breaches of consumer data by large national organizations, in October 2019 DATCP convened a 25-member Data Privacy and Security Advisory Committee that included members representing government, consumers, business, law enforcement, education, telecommunication, banking, healthcare, and insurance. DATCP selected WHA Information Center Vice President Jennifer Mueller, MBA, RHIA, FACHE, FAHIMA, as a member of the Committee. Mueller served on the Committee’s Harmonization workgroup which was charged with discussing the need for harmonization of consumer data privacy, security, and breach regulation in Wisconsin with other regulatory frameworks such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
The DATCP report concludes, among other things, that the regulation of data privacy, security, and breach presents complex and important issues and recognizes that the decision of whether, who, what, and how to regulate would have significant impacts on the residents of Wisconsin and its economy. WHA will remain engaged in the issues and challenges identified by the Committee related to the use and protection of consumer data.