FEB 04, 2021 | US
Virginia’s Privacy Bill Could Be the Blueprint the Tech Industry Has Been Waiting For
Morning Consult, February 4, 2021
By Sam Sabin
Tom Foulkes, senior director of state advocacy at BSA | The Software Alliance, said the hope is that Virginia’s ability to establish and nearly pass a comprehensive bill in just one session could serve as a model for other states eyeing their own versions.
In the meantime, having a second state pass its own comprehensive privacy legislation could send a signal to Congress to prioritize its own discussions about a federal standard, Foulkes said, noting industry’s concerns about having to comply with a patchwork of state privacy laws.
Craig Albright, BSA’s vice president of legislative strategy, said, “States move fast, and I think the Hill is just absorbing it. Virginia acting is going to get people to focus.”
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