Earlier this month, a ballot measure passed in Massachusetts expanding the state’s existing right-to-repair laws to require cars manufactured in 2022 or later to have open-access telematics systems accessible to both the owner and third-parties such as repair shops. While the law only applies to cars sold in Massachusetts, it could ultimately help set the table for a broader discussion around data portability that many companies—and by extension legal departments—may ultimately be unprepared to have.

Still, it’s not like they didn’t have fair warning. Data portability is essentially the concept that consumers own their data and should be able to take it from one service to another. It’s also a main feature of robust pieces of privacy legislation such as 2018′s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which launched last January.

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