Privacy Laws in Alaska

Alaska Data Privacy Law

State legislatures have long been involved in regulating the privacy of various types of information in specific industry sectors. For example, laws protecting student information, individuals’ social security numbers, medical information, and other types of information. 

Comprehensive legislative proposals generally regulate the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information by businesses and provide an express set of consumer rights for collected data, such as the right to access, correct, and delete personal information collected by businesses.

To date, there has been no proposal of an Alaska data privacy law, Alaska biometric privacy law, or an Alaska consumer data privacy act in 2023. 

In 2022, several Alaska privacy laws were proposed. They all ultimately failed. We’ve outlined them below for reference.

AK HB 159

Established the Consumer Personal Information Privacy Act, establishes data broker registration requirements, and makes a violation of the Act an unfair or deceptive trade practice.

AK HB 222

Related to personal information, relates to the privacy of personal information, relates to the collection, sale, sharing, deletion, correction, and use of personal information, relates to breaches of security of personal information, relates to genetic privacy, relates to social security numbers, provides for an effective date.

AK SB 116

Established the Consumer Data Privacy Act, establishes data broker registration requirements, and makes a violation of the Act an unfair or deceptive trade practice.

Which Privacy Laws Exist in Alaska?

Alaska’s state constitution recognizes the right to individual privacy. It safeguards against unwarranted government intrusion into individuals’ private lives. In addition, Alaska residents are covered by some other privacy laws.

Alaska Personal Information Protection Act

Alaska does not have a specific data protection law, but it enacted the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA)on July 1, 2009. APIPA applies to entities that maintain personal information about Alaska residents in the course of their business. It requires reasonable security measures to protect personal information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. The law requires entities to notify customers if there is a breach of personal information, granting customers the ability to put a freeze on their credit report for security, restrictions on the use of social security numbers, regulationaboutto the disposal of records containing personal information, allowing victims of identity theft to petition the court for a determination of factual innocence, and a requirement of truncated payment card information on sales receipts.

The Alaska Health Care Services Privacy Act (HCSPA) 

The HCSPA safeguards the privacy and confidentiality of medical information. It applies to healthcare providers, health insurers, and other entities handling medical records. HCSPA restricts the disclosure of medical information without patient consent, except in certain situations allowed by law.

Financial Privacy

Alaska has laws that protect the privacy of financial information. These laws require that financial institutions disclose their privacy policies to customers and restrict the sharing of non-public personal information with non-affiliated third parties.

How Centraleyes Can Help 

Privacy laws can be complex. If you require precise information, feel free to reach out to us at Centraleyes.

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