As state legislatures begin their 2020 sessions, proposals for stronger privacy laws are at the top of the agenda across the country. Carrying forward the story we told in reports in February, April, and July of last year, this report describes more than a dozen bills that have been introduced in state legislatures in the last month or carried over from the previous legislative session.
Omnibus bills have been introduced in at least seven states, including Washington, where a similar bill narrowly failed to pass in 2019. We describe these bills in Section A.
At least eight bills with more targeted requirements have also been introduced, including bills in Florida, Hawaii, and Maryland that would provide some version of a consumer right to opt out from sale similar to the one in the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). We provide overviews of these bills in Section B.
Throughout the year, WilmerHale’s Privacy and Cybersecurity Group will be tracking and reporting on the progress of these and other proposals for enhanced privacy protections in state law.