Bloomberg Law
March 22, 2021, 9:00 AM

Privacy Legislation Race Heats Up After Virginia Law Passage

Jake Holland
Jake Holland

Consumer privacy proposals pending in state legislatures are likely to get a boost from the passage of Virginia’s Consumer Data Protection Act earlier this month.

Comprehensive bills in Oklahoma and Washington each passed one chamber, and proposals in Illinois, Minnesota, and Massachusetts were introduced last month. If other states pass legislation, companies could find themselves with an even more deeply entrenched privacy patchwork, spelling trouble for compliance programs and upping regulatory risk.

The growing number of states seriously considering privacy legislation is likely to push the federal government to take action, attorneys say.

“My hope is there is some sort ...

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