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Hello all, and happy Thursday!  

California recently adjourned its 2023 legislative session, and what a session has it been for the U.S.’s most privacy-focused state. 

 Among other privacy-related bills, California’s DELETE Act passed the legislature. The act makes it easier for consumers to request the deletion of personal information collected by data brokers.  

Meanwhile, bills enacted in previous years came into effect, like the CPRA, or met legal challenges, like the California Age-Appropriate Design Code Act (CAADCA). 

With the California legislative session over for 2023, it’s a good time to reflect on how data privacy has fared in California and the U.S. as a whole. 

We can tell that there is a broad, popular demand for data privacy regulation. As of this writing, 12 states have their own data privacy laws. But the ultimate shape of data privacy in the U.S. is still being determined; between the less-than-smooth rollout of CPRA rulemaking and legal challenges by business advocacy groups, we can look to California as a bellwether of things to come—both for the other states and any Federal privacy law that may be on the horizon.  




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