Virginia’s new data privacy law shows why consumers need federal legislation

When Gov. Ralph Northam signed the Consumer Data Protection Act into law on Tuesday, Virginia joined a growing list of states that have acted to pass comprehensive consumer data protections. States such as Virginia have been forced to act because the federal government has failed to pass a comprehensive data protection act, and 70% of the public feel their personal information is less secure than it was five years ago.

While the Virginia Legislature should be commended for prioritizing consumer data protection, the passage of CDPA will further exacerbate the ZIP code lottery of data protections that also raises compliance costs for businesses seeking to do business across state lines. To eradicate this ZIP code
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