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Bill Detail: SB21-132

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Title Digital Communications Regulation
Status House Committee on State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (05/06/2021)
Bill Subjects
  • Professions & Occupations
  • Telecommunications & Information Technology
House Sponsors B. Titone (D)
Senate Sponsors K. Donovan (D)
House Committee State, Civic, Military and Veterans Affairs
Senate Committee State, Veterans and Military Affairs
Date Introduced 02/26/2021

The bill creates the digital communications division (division) and
the digital communications commission (commission) within the
department of regulatory agencies. On an annual basis and for a

reasonable fee determined by the commission, the division shall register
digital communications platforms, which are certain
communications-oriented online businesses, such as social media
platforms or media-sharing platforms, that conduct business in Colorado
or own or operate services that are offered to Colorado residents. A
digital communications platform that fails to register with the division
commits a class 2 misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 for
each day that the violation continues.
The division shall investigate and the commission may hold
hearings on claims filed with the division alleging that a digital
communications platform has allowed a person to engage in one or more
unfair or discriminatory digital communications practices on the platform,
which practices:
  • Include practices that promote hate speech; undermine
election integrity; disseminate intentional disinformation,
conspiracy theories, or fake news; or authorize, encourage,
or carry out violations of users' privacy; and
  • May include business, political, or social practices that are
conducted in a manner that a person aggrieved by the
practices can demonstrate are unfair or discriminatory to
the aggrieved person. Such practices, if done in an unfair
or discriminatory manner, might include:
  • Practices that target users for purposes of collecting
and disseminating users' personal data, including
users' sensitive data;
  • Profiling users based on their personal data
  • Selling or authorizing others to use users' personal
data to provide location-based advertising or
targeted advertising; or
  • Using facial recognition software and other tracking
If a person who files a complaint with the division exhausts all
administrative remedies and proceedings, the person may file a civil
action in district court alleging an unfair or discriminatory digital
communications practice.

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