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UPDATE: Will Virginia be the Second State to Enact Major Privacy Legislation?

As we previously reported, significant data privacy bills, titled the Consumer Data Protection Act, are working their way through the Virginia legislature. If enacted, Virginia would be the second state to enact major data privacy legislation of general applicability.

As of today, Virginia’s Senate and House of Delegates have passed identical bills, and they now move on to Virginia’s Governor, Ralph Northam. On the Senate floor today, there was debate that the bills were flawed for not including a private right of action and leaving enforcement to the Office of the Attorney General. This caused some senators to oppose the bills, but they ultimately passed by a vote of 32-7.

Governor Northam could enact the bills by signing them into law, or he could use his line item veto authority to make amendments. The Governor could also veto the bills in their entirety, but that does not seem likely at this point. The Governor is expected to act by the end of March.

We will continue to monitor the legislative process closely and provide updates as the bills progress.

Copyright © 2021, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP. All Rights Reserved.National Law Review, Volume XI, Number 50
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In today’s digital economy, companies face unprecedented challenges in managing privacy and cybersecurity risks associated with the collection, use and disclosure of personal information about their customers and employees. The complex framework of global legal requirements impacting the collection, use and disclosure of personal information makes it imperative that modern businesses have a sophisticated understanding of the issues if they want to effectively compete in today’s economy.

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