Data privacy laws take off in 2023, more action ahead

Seven states passed comprehensive measures this year, bringing the total number of states with such laws on the books to 12.
FILE – A man using a cell phone walks past Google offices on Dec. 17, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

The rules for what companies can and cannot do with consumer data are being written in America’s statehouses, as lawmakers there stampede ahead of Congress in a quest to place guardrails on one of the most valuable commodities of the 21st century.

Delaware recently became the seventh state this year and 12th overall to pass a comprehensive data privacy law, cementing this as a landmark year for the issue and setting up 2024 for more states to likely follow.

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