The State of Consumer Data Privacy Laws in the US (And Why It Matters)
Consumer data privacy laws can give individuals rights to control their data, but if poorly implemented such laws could also maintain the status quo.
Currently, privacy laws are a cluttered mess of different sectoral rules. The United States doesn’t have a singular law that covers the privacy of all types of data. Instead, it has a mix of laws that go by acronyms like HIPAA, FCRA, FERPA, GLBA, ECPA, COPPA, and VPPA.
The data collected by the vast majority of products people use every day isn’t regulated. Since there are no federal privacy laws regulating many companies, they’re pretty much free to do what they want with the data, unless a state has its own data privacy law.