A new data privacy bill is poised to protect Illinois residents from microphone surveillance. Legislators are currently considering Senate Bill 1719, the Keep Internet Devices Safe (KIDS) Act, which will make it unlawful for companies to use digital device microphones to collect information without explicit permission from the user. The KIDS Act further requires that any company which makes use of such data must maintain "reasonable security measures" to protect this personal information. With the modern proliferation of digital devices equipped with microphones, this legislation is both sensible and necessary to protect our personal privacy.
More details on SB 1719 are available here.