SB-131, the bill to protect Coloradans’ personal information, passed into law!
Effective immediately, ICE cannot request private data from state or local agencies like the DMV without a judicial warrant, subpoena, or order signed by a judge. However, until 2022, ICE can still use these agencies’ databases to look up an individual’s private data using their name and birth date. Starting January 1, 2022, third parties like ICE will be blocked from accessing these databases for immigration enforcement purposes.
Listen to bill sponsor Senator Julie Gonzales, lawyer Arash Jahanian, campaign manager Siena Mann, health advocate Maria Rangel-Albañil, and former CIRC board member Mercedes García explain more about this law (volume on for English audio):
Colorado must rebuild trust with its immigrant communities by protecting the privacy of its residents, particularly those who trust Colorado government agencies with their personal information. That’s exactly what the Campaign for Data Privacy for All is working to do.
In the summer of 2020, CIRC and the I Drive Coalition uncovered a pattern of collaboration and information sharing between ICE and the DMV. The organizations immediately took this information to the governor, who implemented guidance restricting the DMV from responding to requests for personal information unless they support an active criminal investigation or are in response to a possible crime in progress. This is not a permanent solution. Any future governor could revoke this guidance.
6 states have already taken action to protect sensitive personal information as part of their driver’s license programs. 150,000+ non-citizen Coloradans have shared their personal information with the DMV to apply for a driver’s license.
The Campaign for Data Privacy for All worked with Senator Gonzales and Representative Gonzales-Gutierrez to pass SB-131, a state bill that will permanently block federal agencies like ICE from accessing data from local or state agencies without a criminal warrant or subpoena.
We are proud to announce that the bill will be signed into law by Governor Polis very soon!
Tell your senators: Support Data Privacy for all!
May 10, 2021What's New at CIRC
We’re excited to announce that our bill SB-131 passed the House and Senate! This action alert is no longer live and is preserved for site history purposes. Our bill to protect personal identifying information kept by state agencies, SB131, will be moving through the Senate Appropriations Committee this week! Now we need your help by […]
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February 11, 2021Press Release
For Immediate Release Contact: Ian Pham or 713-679-0948 Upcoming legislation will create consistent process for requests of personal information to be submitted, vetted, and granted when appropriate Denver, CO – Today, legislative leaders and immigrant community advocates announced their support for upcoming legislation that would protect the personal identifying information Coloradans share with the state when […]
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