Lawyers say after the California Consumer Privacy Act went into effect on Jan. 1, a new privacy-first approach in the U.S. was born. “The whole argument was you can’t have a privacy law on the state level,” said Husch Blackwell partner David Stauss. “That argument is gone.”

Indeed, Stauss and other Legalweek panelists on at the “Understanding CCPA & U.S. State Privacy Regimes” session at Legalweek 2020 in New York discussed how the CCPA could lead to a patchwork of varying privacy laws in the U.S. Plus, even if some states don’t enact privacy laws, the CCPA could still fuel corporations to enact similar privacy protocols for all U.S. citizens, the panel said.

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