On Jan. 1, the law—the California Consumer Privacy Act—officially took effect. But that is hardly the end of it. The legislation could very well be back on the ballot in the state in 2020, an illustration of how little has been settled when it comes to rules about privacy, either in California or nationally.
Many privacy advocates remain skeptical of the prospects for a federal privacy law. With Congress stalled, other states may also press ahead with their own laws.