State and local governments play an important role in protecting consumer privacy. Sector-specific privacy regulations at the federal level tend to leave gaps in the protection of consumers’ sensitive personal information. State lawmakers can respond to the privacy issues in their jurisdictions, and states can sometimes lead the way on privacy by setting higher standards than the federal government.
CDT’s State Privacy Resource Center is a repository of information to help state and local policymakers craft privacy legislation. It includes tools, as well as examples of issues we’ve been able to help states push forward on.
We’ll add more information about how each of these can be used, but for now: