Chris Lyon and Nate Taylor spoke to Law360 for an article covering some of the major policy issues attorneys will be tracking in 2021.
“The proliferation of state privacy laws, including not only the CCPA [California Consumer Privacy Act] but now also the CPRA [California Privacy Rights Act], has caused many companies to start wishing for a comprehensive federal U.S. data privacy law that would set uniform standards across all states, thus avoiding the need to monitor and operationalize differing privacy laws in each state,” Chris said, noting that a federal privacy law may not necessarily relieve companies’ obligations to comply with laws like the CCPA.
According to Nate, the lack of developments on the legislative front was noteworthy in 2020, and attorneys are expecting these proposals to reignite once state legislatures start coming back in early 2021.
“The real question for the post-pandemic world is going to be whether the momentum we thought these measures had at the beginning of 2020 was real or just a perception,” Nate said, adding that if several states do act, that’s likely to “increase the probability that we’ll have conflicting privacy models” at the state level that will further complicate the compliance obligations of companies.
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