Here’s Where US Data Privacy Regulation Is Headed

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Nearly eight in 10 Americans think Congress needs to prioritize data privacy legislation, according to a Morning Consult survey from December.With that as the starting point, Adweek CEO Jeff Litvack spoke with Chris D’Angelo, chief deputy attorney general for economic justice at the New York attorney general’s office during Adweek’s NexTech 2020 Virtual Summit about where we’re at on privacy legislation and what enforcement might look like.“There’s real justified concern for that 79% of Americans who are looking at the landscape and seeing what is a fragmented regulatory structure,” said D’Angelo. “There’s no question that as a country we would be better off with federal legislation that laid the foundation for what our privacy expectations are.”As far as what role that federal legislation should play, D’Angelo said he disagreed with other NexTech panelists on how much states can do in the meantime, or to bolster federal regulations after they’re established. “I think there’s certainly room for states to go above and beyond whatever federal floor is set,” he said. While there’s no comprehensive privacy law in effect in New York yet, D’Angelo noted that there are …

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