On March 26, 2023, Virginia enacted a genetic privacy law (SB 1087) aimed at regulating the practices of direct-to-consumer (“DTC”) genetic testing companies. Virginia is not the only state interested in regulating these companies—numerous other states, including Minnesota, Texas, Tennessee, and Vermont, have introduced similar bills during this legislative session, following the enactment of similar genetic privacy laws in Arizona, California, and Utah in recent years. Virginia’s SB 1087, effective July 1, 2023, adds to the growing net of state genetic privacy protections.
On September 16, the Fifth Circuit issued its decision in NetChoice L.L.C. v. Paxton, upholding Texas HB 20, a law that limits the ability of large social media platforms to moderate content and imposes various disclosure and appeal requirements on them. The Fifth Circuit vacated the district court’s preliminary injunction, which previously blocked the Texas Attorney General from enforcing the law. NetChoice is likely to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Fifth Circuit’s decision.…
On April 12, at the International Association of Privacy Professionals’ global privacy conference, Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser gave remarks on his office’s approach to the rulemaking and enforcement of the Colorado Privacy Act.
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Utah appears poised to be the next state with a comprehensive privacy law on its books, following California, Virginia, and Colorado. On March 2nd, the Utah House of Representatives voted unanimously to approve an amended version of the legislative proposal, and the Senate concurred with the House amendment on the following day. Formalities are now being completed to send the bill to Governor Spencer Cox for signature.
The Utah Consumer Privacy Act (“UCPA”) provides for consumer rights and responsibilities for controllers and processors. Although the bill generally tracks the comprehensive privacy law passed in Virginia last year, the VCDPA, there are some notable differences. Key provisions in the bill include the following:…
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As we look ahead at 2022, we here provide a quick wrap-up of key developments for U.S. state privacy laws in the past year:…
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On August 27, 2021, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law the Protecting Household Privacy Act (“PHPA”). The law governs how, and under what conditions, Illinois law enforcement agencies may acquire and use data from household electronic devices, commonly referred to as “smart devices” or the “internet of things.” The PHPA will go into effect…
Last week, Virginia’s Joint Commission on Technology and Science held its second meeting of the Consumer Data Protection Work Group.
Instead of following a detailed rulemaking process for implementation like that provided for in the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA), the Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (VCDPA) is being reviewed over the next few months by a group of state officials, business representatives, and advocates. This group will publish recommendations by November 1, 2021, which the state legislature can consider if it amends the law before the VCDPA goes into effect on January 1, 2023. A stated goal of the group is to align the VCDPA with other privacy laws that states are enacting around the country.
At the meeting, the group heard public comments as well as a presentation by Deputy Attorney General Samuel Towell on behalf of the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia (OAG). The presentation covered issues that the OAG sees with the VCDPA’s implementation and proposed a number of recommendations for the group to consider: …
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Several states have proposed new privacy bills since their sessions began. Some of the proposed bills carry over or re-introduce bills drafted in previous legislative sessions, while others are introducing first–in-time omnibus privacy bills. In the high-level chart below, we compare five of the key state privacy frameworks: the CPRA, VCDPA (which we blogged about here), the NYPA, the general privacy provisions of the Washington Privacy Act, and the newly introduced Washington People’s Privacy Act (HB 1433).
Continue Reading 2021 State Privacy Legislation Roundup: California, Virginia, New York, and Washington
The Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (HB 2307 / SB 1392), introduced in the House of Delegates on January 20, passed both houses of Virginia’s state legislature on February 5 with large bipartisan majorities. This comprehensive privacy bill, which would take effect on January 1, 2023, follows a similar framework as the current version of the Washington Privacy Act (“WPA”), though it differs from the WPA in important respects. We have included a high level summary of some of the bill’s provisions below.
The passage of nearly identical legislation by both chambers of the Virginia legislature positions the Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act to become the nation’s next comprehensive state privacy law. Lawmakers must reconcile the two bills before the end of the session on February 27, and, assuming a reconciled bill passes in both houses, it will be sent to Gov. Ralph Northam to sign into law or veto. If Gov. Northam takes no action, the reconciled bill would become law within seven days or, if there are fewer than seven days remaining in the General Assembly session, or if the General Assembly has adjourned, within thirty days.
Continue Reading Virginia Legislature Passes Comprehensive Privacy Law: The Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act
Last year, Californians passed proposition 24, also known as the California Privacy Rights Act (“CPRA”). That law makes several changes to the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”), including some that relate to an organization’s cybersecurity practices.
Continue Reading Four Key Cyber Takeaways from The CPRA