Statement on Passage of the Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act
Statement by Future of Privacy Forum CEO Jules Polonetsky regarding the approval of the Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act:
“Today, Governor Ralph Northam signed the Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (CDPA), making Virginia the second state, following California, to establish baseline legal protections for consumer privacy – a significant milestone in the United States.
The law will be the first in the country to require companies to obtain affirmative opt-in consent for processing sensitive data, such as health information, race, ethnicity, precise geolocation, and other sensitive categories, and the first to mandate formal Data Protection Assessments. It also provides for consumer rights of access, deletion, correction, portability, and opt-outs for profiling, targeted advertising, and sale. In the absence of a comprehensive federal privacy law, we are encouraged to see Virginia lawmakers and other states continue to establish and improve legal protections for personal information.”
FPF’s analysis of the Virginia law and comparison to other jurisdictions is available here.