U.S. states are slowly embracing policies to ensure that digital companies protect their users—or at least introduce more transparency.
llinois led the way in 2008 with the Biometric Information Privacy Act, a law that lets Illinois residents sue companies that collect their biometric data (face scans, fingerprints, etc.) without their consent. After Europe passed the General Data Protection Regulation in 2016, which entitles people to obtain any data collected on them and have their records deleted, California decided to use it as a framework for its own law.
The original CCPA has now inspired several look-alike laws in other states, as momentum builds for state-level privacy legislation. 2021 could be the year that privacy laws become more pervasive across the country, helping Americans wrest back some of the aspects of their digital lives.