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California Privacy Legislation: A Timeline of Key Events

Authors: Katelyn Ringrose (Christopher Wolf Diversity Law Fellow) and Jeremy Greenberg (Policy Counsel)  ——- Today, the California Attorney General will begin enforcing the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). The California AG’s office may bring enforcement actions and seek penalties for violations of core provisions of the CCPA. The AG’s request for expedited review of regulations […]

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Endgame Issues: New Brookings Report on Paths to Federal Privacy Legislation

Authors: Stacey Gray, Senior Counsel (US Legislation and Policymaker Education), Polly Sanderson, Policy Counsel   This afternoon, The Brookings Institution released a new report, Bridging the gaps: A path forward to federal privacy legislation, a comprehensive analysis of the most challenging obstacles to Congress passing a comprehensive federal privacy law. The report includes a detailed range […]

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Understanding the “World of Geolocation Data”

How is location data generated from mobile devices, who gets access to it, and how? As debates over companies and public health authorities using device data to address the current global pandemic continue, it is more important than ever for policymakers and regulators to understand the practical basics of how mobile operating systems work, how […]

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Newly Released COVID-19 Privacy Bills Would Regulate Pandemic-Related Data

By Pollyanna Sanderson (Policy Counsel), Stacey Gray (Senior Policy Counsel) & Katelyn Ringrose (Christopher Wolf Diversity Law Fellow) Yesterday afternoon, leading House and Senate Democrats introduced the Public Health Emergency Privacy Act. The Democratic-led bill, which was introduced by Senators Blumenthal and Warner, as well as Representatives Eshoo, Schakowsky and DelBene, follows the May 10th […]

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A New U.S. Model for Privacy? Comparing the Washington Privacy Act to GDPR, CCPA, and More

By Stacey Gray, Pollyanna Sanderson, and Katelyn Ringrose Download a printable version of this report (pdf). As Congress continues to work toward drafting and passing a comprehensive national privacy law, state legislators are not slowing down. In Washington State, a new comprehensive privacy law is moving quickly: last week, the Washington Privacy Act (SSB 6281) […]

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Child Privacy Protections Compared: California Consumer Privacy Act v. Proposed Washington Privacy Act

As legislatures consider enacting broad consumer privacy legislation, officials must consider whether, and how, to address children’s and teen’s privacy. The leading models for addressing consumer privacy contain language addressing child privacy that differs in significant ways. Many states have introduced legislation that mirrors the framework of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). The proposed Washington Privacy Act (SB 6281) has also emerged as an influential framework. CCPA and SB 6281 differ in many respects, including with regard to child privacy. As described below, the frameworks take different approaches to the age of youth protected, the statutory knowledge standards, and the consumer rights granted. 

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Future of Privacy Forum Releases Analysis of Washington Privacy Act

FPF CEO: “Most comprehensive state privacy legislation proposed to date” WASHINGTON, DC – January 13, 2020 – The Future of Privacy Forum today released an in-depth analysis of the Washington Privacy Act (Washington State Senate Bill 6281), as well as the following statement by Future of Privacy Forum CEO Jules Polonetsky about the bill: “The Washington […]

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It’s Raining Privacy Bills: An Overview of the Washington State Privacy Act and other Introduced Bills

By Pollyanna Sanderson (Policy Counsel), Katelyn Ringrose (Christopher Wolf Diversity Law Fellow) & Stacey Gray (Senior Policy Counsel)   Today, on the first day of a rapid-fire 2020 legislative session in the state of Washington, State Senator Carlyle has introduced a new version of the Washington Privacy Act (WPA). Legislators revealed the Act during a live press […]