4 More States Push for Tougher Privacy Laws, Spurring Self-Governing Standards

Massachusetts, Illinois, Indiana and New York look to emulate the ADPPA

Ruffled by the industry’s lobbying efforts to weaken legislative privacy laws, D.C.-based nonprofit the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), is pushing for states to emulate a bipartisan federal privacy bill that was indefinitely stalled in Congress last year.

Lawmakers in Massachusetts, Illinois, Indiana and New York are modeling state privacy laws based on the American Data Privacy and Protection Act (ADPPA), according to Politico‘s report.

The hope is that a state version of the ADPPA creates an alternative to the industry’s push for weaker state privacy laws in California, Virginia, Utah, Colorado and Connecticut, according to Caitriona Fitzgerald, the deputy director at EPIC.

“While [the] industry complains to Congress of a ’50 state patchwork’ of state privacy laws, they are quietly pushing their version of what a privacy law should look like in an increasing number of states,” Fitzgerald said in a statement.



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