States expand data liability for employers

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A privacy law taking effect in California Jan. 1 is one of five such laws scheduled to take effect in various states next year that will tighten regulation of online data.

More states are expected to pass similar legislation, in addition to the laws already approved in California, which will have the most stringent rules; Colorado; Connecticut; Utah; and Virginia, as the issue of consumer privacy garners more attention. 

The California Privacy Rights Act, which was approved by voters in a 2020 ballot measure, amends the California Consumer Privacy Act, which took effect Jan. 1, 2020. 

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Within a few years more states will adopt privacy controls, and even states whose impending laws are now milder than California’s will eventually make theirs more stringent, said Joshua Gold, a shareholder with Anderson Kill P.C. in New York. 

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