Chairman of Californians for Consumer Privacy Alastair MacTaggart testifies about data privacy during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee March 12, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Today’s columnist, Akamai’s Steve Winterfeld, updates readers on the progress of the California data privacy law and pushes for federal privacy legislation. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The country needs to pass federal privacy legislation to establish a national standard for individual rights. Today, too many state laws exist, creating confusion and duplication. We need to create a national standard that would apply to all businesses and organizations.

By not having a national standard, we miss the opportunity to establish a consistent comprehensive framework for privacy in the United States. Without a federal law states have passed their own laws. Today, California, Nevada and Maine have privacy laws, but many other states have bills working their way through legislatures. Many of these state efforts are based in part on the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which went into effect January 1, 2020.

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