A broad coalition of 14 organizations representing state contractors and issue advocacy groups released an open letter last week opposing legislation that has cropped up in over 30 state legislatures that, if passed, would require government contractors to purchase and install monitoring software.
While varying somewhat from state-to-state, the bills typically require the software to take very specific actions, such as screenshots of all “state-funded activity at least once every three (3) minutes” and logging of “keystroke and mouse event frequency.” The legislation also demands contractors store that data for years to come.
The groups that signed onto the letter represent contractors in wide-ranging professions, including accountants, technologists and engineers, as well as the health industry and an association representing state legislators. In the letter, they state that the requirements in the bills carry “significant” privacy and data security risks.
“At a time when most states and businesses have worked together to implement stronger data protection standards, this legislation would undermine existing progress, raise costs, and needlessly expose public and private information to new threat vectors,” they wrote.