California passed a broad digital privacy law similar to the GDPR, considered one of the most significant regulations overseeing the data-collection practices of technology companies in the United States.
Robert Cattanach, a partner at the international law firm Dorsey & Whitney is one of foremost experts in the country on data privacy and cybersecurity. He has previously worked as a trial attorney for the United States Department of Justice and was also special counsel to the Secretary of the Navy. Today he practices in the areas of regulatory litigation, including cybersecurity and data breaches, privacy and telecommunications, civil and criminal enforcement proceedings and international Regulatory Compliance. He has been following this closely as he has been receiving calls from US businesses who are trying to understand the affect this law may have.
Cattanach said, “California’s law will raise the bar significantly, and this won’t be the last time its raised as states seek to emulate the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This measure is likely to increase litigation as more consumer rights are created and expanded. That said, it is a compromise. Had the initiative passed, it had the potential to create even more significant problems for businesses and tech companies. Congress will feel pressure from both pro-privacy advocates to endorse the rights created by California, and businesses to try to bring uniformity to what is increasingly a dynamically evolving policy area. The bottom line is that this leverages on the concepts contained in GDPR and is certain to be picked up as the standard by other states.”
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