Lawmakers May Consider Privacy Amendment

Jan 26, 2016

Senator Charles Scott speaks during the 2015 Legislative Session
Credit Bob Beck

The Wyoming Legislature is set to consider a measure in its session starting next month that would allow voters to decide whether to change the state constitution to recognize an individual right to privacy.

Proponents say increasing collection of data by private industry and government makes the measure necessary.

The Legislature rejected a similar measure last year. Opponents cautioned that last year's proposal didn't include language specifying that the public has a right to view information about government operations.
 The proposed amendment going before the Legislature this year specifies that it wouldn't deprive people of the right to inspect public records or observe government operations except in cases in which the demand for individual privacy clearly exceeds the merits of public disclosure.
The Wyoming Press Association supports the current proposal.