Jefferson City – Representative Jason Grill, D-Parkville, this week introduced three pieces of legislation aimed at strengthening Missouri’s consumer protection laws. The bills are part of a larger pack of legislation sponsored by Rep. Grill covering issues ranging from health care to tax reform.
One piece of legislation introduced by Rep. Grill would require any person or entity that owns or uses personal information concerning a Missouri resident in any form to disclose a breach of security to any resident whose personal information was wrongfully acquired. The legislation established provisions for the prevention and protection from security breaches.
A second piece of legislation sponsored by Rep. Grill would require any business that conducts business or maintains personal information of residents in Missouri to take all reasonable measures to protect against the unauthorized access to or use of the information.
“The rate of identity theft has risen at an alarming rate and our state has lagged behind in addressing this serious security risk. There are 44 states who have already taken action to enact security breach laws. It is time for us to move forward on this issue and provide Missourians with the protections they need,” said Rep. Grill.
The final piece of legislation introduced by Rep. Grill would establish the Wireless Telephone Consumer Protection Act to protect consumers in their dealings with commercial service providers. The bill includes requirements that a wireless carrier provide a coverage map at the time of sale, make price and fee disclosures at the time of sale, and clearly disclose in writing to the customer at the time of sale whether a price is guaranteed for the term of the contract and if there are any early termination fees.
“It’s important that Missourians know what they are paying for and that they receive the services they are due. The Wireless Telephone Consumer Protection Act is a simple but powerful tool to ensure wireless phone users are not charged hidden fees or provided with service different from what was promised,” said Rep. Grill.