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Virginia Privacy Law Continues to Progress Towards 2023 Implementation

Virginia edges closer to its privacy law January 2023 implementation. A new working group report gives some insight on implementation focus. The working group is tasked with giving advice on implementing the Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act. It held a series of meetings with companies and other stakeholders throughout the year. This current report summarizes “points of emphasis” from those meetings.  Those included that law be interpreted strictly. For example, sunseting companies “right to cure” after two years. Another point raised was whether to let the attorney general seek actual damages based on harm.

During the meetings some raised whether sample forms should be created to help smaller companies. Other issues included procedural items like funds to staff more AG employees. Education proposals were also put forward. That included education initiatives directed to smaller corporations and a consumer-education focused website.

Putting It Into Practice: This report highlights the ongoing focus we expect next year on implementing this new comprehensive privacy law. As a reminder, the law will apply -with some exceptions- to companies that collect information on 100,000 or more Virginian consumers.

Co-author Dhara Shah is a law clerk in Sheppard Mullin’s Chicago office.

Copyright © 2022, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.National Law Review, Volume XI, Number 347
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Liisa Thomas, Sheppard Mullin Law Firm, Chicago, Cybersecurity Law Attorney
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Liisa Thomas, a partner based in the firm’s Chicago and London offices, is Co-Chair of the Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice. Her clients rely on her ability to create clarity in a sea of confusing legal requirements and describe her as “extremely responsive, while providing thoughtful legal analysis combined with real world practical advice.” Liisa is the author of the definitive treatise on data breach, Thomas on Data Breach: A Practical Guide to Handling Worldwide Data Breach Notification, which has been described as “a no-nonsense roadmap for in-house and...

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