Vermont passes law regulating data brokers


… under the guidelines of the bill—which passed into law Tuesday without the signature of Republican Governor Phil Scott—data brokers will have to pay a $100 annual fee to register with the state, and will have to comply with new rules meant to protect Vermonters from suffering at the hands of another data breach like the one that befell Equifax last year and exposed the data of 145 million (and counting) Americans.

This sounds like the kind of law that should also exist at the federal level to benefit everyone. Data brokers are terrible companies that make money by exposing and endangering everyone’s personal information.