Texas Data Privacy and Security Act Public Portal

Texas Data Privacy and Security Act Public Portal

 

The Texas Data Privacy and Security Act

In 2023, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 4, enacting the Texas Data Privacy and Security Act (“the Act”).  Effective July 1, 2024, the Act regulates the collection, use, processing, and treatment of consumers’ personal data by certain business entities. It grants specific rights to consumers to determine whether an entity processes their personal data, to access it, to correct inaccuracies in the data, and to opt out of the processing of their personal data for certain purposes. The Act also imposes duties on entities subject to the Act to limit the collection of personal data, to provide notice about information collected, and to respond to consumer requests for access and correction of information, among other responsibilities.

The Act does not apply to state agencies or political subdivisions in Texas.

Request for Public Feedback on the Act

House Bill 4, section 3, requires the Department of Information Resources to create an online portal for members of the public to provide feedback and recommend changes to the Act. Through this portal, we invite both consumers and businesses subject to the Act to share their experiences in exercising their rights and implementing the requirements of the Act and to identify recommended changes to the Act.  The portal will remain open to receive public comment through September 30, 2024. If you have questions regarding the portal or need assistance in providing feedback, please send an email to: [email protected].

The Texas Attorney General has exclusive authority to enforce the provisions of the Act. Complaints regarding a specific business’s privacy practices should be directed to the Office of the Attorney General.

DIR Report on the Implementation of the Requirements of the Act

The Act requires DIR to publish a report detailing the status of the implementation of the requirements of the Act and any recommendations to the Legislature regarding changes to the law.  The information provided by members of the public through the public portal will be incorporated into that report to the Legislature.

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