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FAQ: Understanding U.S. privacy protections in place and under consideration

Compliance Week | November 26, 2018

What U.S. laws and regulations are already on the books?

The issue isn’t that the United States doesn’t already have rules governing data privacy, but rather that those existing rules are either narrow (in terms of audience or industry) and often focus more on breaches than the misuse or misapplication of data.

The most controversial regulation isn’t domestic at all. Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), within its 99 articles, places demands on U.S. companies that do business with (and collect data from) EU residents.

It inspired California’s state-crafted law, the Consumer Privacy Act of 2018. Similar to GDPR, California customers will have the right to demand that specific data be deleted from an online enterprise’s databases.

The legislation will: grant consumers the right to request deletion of personal information; give consumers the right to know what personal information is shared or sold to third parties; and...

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