The New York Privacy Act – What You Should Know

The California Privacy Rights Act of 2020 (CPRA)—and its predecessor the California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA)—are the most transformative and comprehensive omnibus data privacy frameworks in the nation.  The CCPA has already deeply changed how companies safeguard private consumer data. Major companies like Facebook and Microsoft have used the CCPA as true paradigm shift in how they do business and interact with consumers.

New York may be next.

The New York Privacy Act, sponsored by Senator Kevin Thomas and Assembly Member Rosenthal, promises similar broad reaching policy changes in New York that will give consumers greater control of their data, and deeply shift how companies handle data in New York State.

In light of federal inaction, an expanded world of virtual work, and ever increasing threats of cyberattacks, these are important concerns. It is clear companies must develop data privacy programs that mitigate risk and promote industry best practices. But what is the most effective way to encourage the private sector and what does that policy proposal look like?   

On October 28, 2021, The DPA Executive Director Jim Moore joined members of the New York state Senate and Assembly, along with Managing Partner of O’Donnell and Associates, Jack O’Donnell and Myriah Jaworski from Beckage law firm to discuss this legislation. The roundtable panel was moderated by Zach Williams, Senior State Politics Reporter at City & State NY.

You can watch the presentation here.