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The Shift: The Time to Hire Privacy Experts Was Yesterday

Last week, Virginia passed the Consumer Data Protection Act (CDPA), becoming the second U.S. state to have its own consumer data protection regulation. Given all of the noise around California’s similar California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA) and updated California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA), not to mention the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), it’s not as though dealing with privacy statutes is a surprise for companies and their counsel. But even so, there are enough differences with the CDPA to be noteworthy—it mandates, for instance, that organizations undertake data protection and privacy impact assessments of processes involving sensitive data.

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