Following national scandals, North Dakota lawmaker argues for consumer rights on data privacy bill

"Kasper’s legislation was supported by Ryan Harkins, the director of state affairs and public policy at Microsoft, who said the bill would impose the country’s strongest privacy protections. He called on legislators to “modernize” privacy laws to alleviate anxieties over the increased collection of personal data by large technology firms.

“And if those kinds of concerns aren’t addressed, our fear is that we could wind up shutting off all of the benefits that technology is bringing and promises to bring,” Harkins said. “People won’t use technology they don’t trust.”"