internet privacy

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's Democratic governor has signed what supporters call one of the strictest online privacy proposals in the country.
 

Manu Fernandez / AP File

Maine could soon have the toughest internet privacy law in the country.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A Maine Democrat says her bill would ban internet service providers from selling their customers' online browsing data to third parties without explicit consent.

Roughly a dozen states have taken up measures in the last two months to enhance internet privacy laws following the defeat of protections proposed on the federal level.

Sen. Shenna Bellows says her bill applies to companies providing broadband internet to customers within the state. Republican Sens. Garrett Mason and David Woodsome are co-sponsors.