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Abe Scarr
Illinois PIRG State Director

Author: Abe Scarr

Illinois PIRG State Director

(312) 544-4433 ext. 228

Started on staff: 2002
B.A., Haverford College

Abe is responsible for the program and organizational development of Illinois PIRG. He is a lead advocate in the Capitol and in the media for stronger consumer protections, expanded public transportation, and smarter antibiotics policies for Illinois’ farms. In 2017, he led a coalition to pass legislation to implement automatic voter registration in Illinois, winning unanimous support in the Illinois General Assembly for the bill. Before moving to Illinois in 2014, Abe worked as the state director for ConnPIRG, where he helped pass a landmark solid waste and recycling law. He also serves as a board member for the Consumer Federation of America. Abe lives in Chicago, where he enjoys biking, cooking and tending his garden.

Over the past week, two more significant data breaches were announced, one from mid-atlantic insurer CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, and now the IRS. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan dubbed 2014 "The Year of the Data Breach" - so far, 2015 is giving 2014 a run for its money.

Thankfully, the Illinois Legislature is taking action to create stronger consumer protections and prevent future data breaches by passing the Illinois PIRG backed Senate Bill 1833. The bill updates the Illinois 2006 personal information security law by requiring entities that collect, store, sell and transfer private consumer information to meet a basic standard for keeping that information secure. The bill also expands information considered private to inclued geolocation data, consumer marketting data, and health insurance information.

The Illinois House passed the bill yesterday, 63-52. As the Senate passed a slightly different version in late April, the bill now goes back to the Senate, who will need to pass it again by Sunday night. Nothing's over until its over, especially in Springfield, but we're confident we will win final Senate passage. Credit is due to Attorney General Lisa Madigan and her staff, who championed the bill, as well as to Senate Sponsor Dan Biss and House Sponsor Ann Williams.

We don't have a clear indication yet on whether or not Governor Rauner will sign the bill. More to come...

Abe Scarr
Illinois PIRG State Director

Author: Abe Scarr

Illinois PIRG State Director

(312) 544-4433 ext. 228

Started on staff: 2002
B.A., Haverford College

Abe is responsible for the program and organizational development of Illinois PIRG. He is a lead advocate in the Capitol and in the media for stronger consumer protections, expanded public transportation, and smarter antibiotics policies for Illinois’ farms. In 2017, he led a coalition to pass legislation to implement automatic voter registration in Illinois, winning unanimous support in the Illinois General Assembly for the bill. Before moving to Illinois in 2014, Abe worked as the state director for ConnPIRG, where he helped pass a landmark solid waste and recycling law. He also serves as a board member for the Consumer Federation of America. Abe lives in Chicago, where he enjoys biking, cooking and tending his garden.