Data Privacy is Driving Change Across Legal Tech: Data Privacy Trends

It’s no secret that increased and continually changing data privacy requirements are impacting organizations in several ways.  But as this article from Compliance discusses, data privacy is driving change across the entire legal tech landscape as well.

Their article The Ever-Changing Data Privacy Landscape is Driving Changes Across the Legal Tech Landscape discusses how much data privacy requirements have changed in the past few years, with a look at Europe and the US.  Of course, Europe has been operating under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for about 2 1/2 years now, which affects the European Economic Area (which is even larger than the European Union as it adds three additional countries not part of the EU – 31 countries in all).

On the flip side, while 31 countries within Europe can agree on the same data privacy legislation, so far, the US can’t even get more than one state to agree on the same legislation to protect its citizens.  Only three states (California, Virginia and Colorado) have currently approved comprehensive privacy laws to date.  California has already passed a second law (California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA)) to replace the first law (California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)) in January 2023. 

Six other states have active bills being considered by their legislatures.  And there has been at least one bill introduced at the federal level as well.  Regardless, even with only three states having approved legislation so far, data privacy is still driving change across the legal tech landscape in the US as most organizations of any size have data regarding individuals in at least one of those states – if not all three.

So, which are the states with current active bills? What is the national bill that has been introduced?  And for which legal technology related disciplines is data privacy driving change? Hint: several of them! The answers to these questions (and more) are available in their article here.  And please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.

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