Data Privacy, Using OLIS, & Oregon Turns 160!


Senator Floyd Prozanski
South Lane and North Douglas Counties
District 4

900 Court St. NE, S-417, Salem Oregon 97301
Capitol phone: 503-986-1704
e-Bulletin                     February 2019

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Dear friends,

    On January 14, the Legislature officially convened for its 2019 Regular Session. This session promises to be a busy one: education funding enhancements, carbon reduction, housing reform, campaign finance, juvenile justice reform and gun safety are all on the agenda. Please stay tuned to these monthly e-bulletins as session moves forward!

    Below you will find information on:

- How to Access and Use the Legislative Information System
        - My session bills: SB 684 (Data Breach Protections)
        - Data Privacy Tips from the Department of Justice
        - Help Celebrate the 160th Anniversary of Oregon's Statehood!

    I hope this information is helpful and informative for you or someone you know. As always, feel free to share your comments, questions or concerns with me by phone, mail or e-mail.

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How to Access and Use the Legislative Information System

    The Oregon Legislative Information System (OLIS) is a great tool for following bills being considered by the Legislature. Bills can be searched by number, keyword or sponsor. Using the tabs at the top, you can review the bill text itself, any submitted amendments, staff summaries (if available), and testimony that has been submitted to the committee. If you wish to enter written testimony while a bill is before a committee, please don't hesitate to send it to my office so that my staff may submit it on your behalf. Using "e-Subscribe" in the upper-right corner, you can subscribe to receive alerts about bills (upcoming hearings or votes). Committee and chamber (Senate, House) agendas are also available for review on OLIS.

My Session Bills: SB 684 (Data Breach Protections)

    Starting with this e-bulletin and continuing with each during the 2019 session, I'm highlighting one bill that I'm chief sponsoring. SB 684 is the consensus product of a workgroup that I convened with Representative Paul Holvey to
update Oregon's data breach law. It updates the definition of personal information to include usernames/passwords. The measure puts in place new requirements for entities that own, license, maintain, store, manage, collect, process, acquire or otherwise possess personal information and it includes a notification provision for consumers in case of data breach. You can read SB 684 in full, review co-sponsors and track its progress, here:

Data Privacy Tips from the Department of Justice

Do you use social media? Have you made an online purchase? Have you clicked the "I agree" button without reading the fine print of a website's Terms of Service? If so, there's a good chance that your personal information has been compromised.

    That is why the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) is working to educate people about the importance of respecting privacy, safeguarding data and enabling trust.

To stay safe, follow these simple tips from NCSA:

    Own Your Online Presence

  • Personal information is like money: Information about you, such as your purchase history or location, has value  just like money. Be thoughtful about who gets that information and how it's collected through apps and websites.

  • Be aware of what's being shared: Set the privacy and security settings on web services and devices to your comfort level for information sharing. It is okay to limit how and with whom you share information.

    Share with care: Think before posting about yourself and others online. Consider what a post reveals, who might see it and how it could be perceived now and in the future.

    Keep a Clean Machine

  • Keep security software current: Having the latest security software, web browser and operating system is the best defense against viruses, malware and other online threats.

  • Automate Software update: Many software programs will automatically connect and update to defend against known risks. Turn on automatic updates if that is an available option.

  • Protect All Devices that Connect to the Internet: Along with computers, smartphones, gaming systems and other web-enabled devices also need protection from viruses and malware.

  • Plug & scan: Viruses and malware can infect USBs and other external devices. Use your security software to scan them.

    Protect Your Personal Information

  • Make your password a sentence: A strong password is a sentence that is at least 12 characters long and uses a mix of letters and numbers. Focus on positive sentences or phrases that you like to think about and are easy to remember (for example, "I loved country music in 2005."). On many sites, you can even use spaces!

  • Unique account, unique password: Separate passwords for every account helps to thwart cybercriminals.

  • Write it down and keep it safe: Having separate passwords for every account helps to thwart cybercriminals. At a minimum, separate your work and personal accounts and make sure that your critical accounts have the strongest passwords.

     Connect with Care

  • When in doubt, throw it out: Links in emails, social media posts and online advertising are often how cybercriminals try to steal your personal information. Even if you know the source, if something looks suspicious, do not click on it.

  • Get savvy about wifi hotspots: Limit the type of business you conduct and adjust the security settings on your device to limit who can access your machine.

  • Protect your money: When banking and shopping, check to be sure the site is security enabled. Look for web addresses with "https://" or "shttp://," which means the site takes extra measures to help secure your information. "http://" is not secure.

    Be Web Wise

  • Stay current: Keep pace with new ways to stay safe online: Check trusted websites for the latest information, and share with friends, family, and colleagues and encourage them to be web wise.

  • Think before you act: Be wary of communications that implore you to act immediately, offer something that sounds too good to be true or ask for personal information.

  • Back it up: Protect your valuable work, music, photos and other digital information by making an electronic copy and storing it safely.

    If you think you have been a victim of cybercrime (hacking, phishing, spamming, etc.), help us fight back by contacting the Oregon Department of Justice online at or by phone at 1-877-877-9392.

Help Celebrate the 160th Anniversary of Oregon's Statehood!

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