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Hello all, and happy Thursday! 

Everyone is abuzz about the American Privacy Rights Act (APRA)! It should come as no surprise—a U.S. federal data privacy regulation seems like it’s only a matter of time now. However, if you read through our newsletter last week, you’ll know that there is a long legislative path ahead for the APRA. If it is passed, it will almost certainly differ substantially from the way the bill is written today. Nevertheless, our newsletter features multiple stories this week discussing the nitty-gritty of the law. 

Meanwhile, states are charging ahead with their own data privacy laws. Kentucky, Maryland, and Nebraska have recently enacted or are on the brink of enacting their own laws—in lieu of a federal law, state legislators recognize the need to protect their constituents’ data privacy rights. 

But it’s a mistake to let U.S. data privacy news take the oxygen out of the room. Data privacy is an evolving space; that means legislators and regulators are watching each other. Trends are global, and what happens in one jurisdiction affects what happens in others. Even though U.S. privacy laws’ approach to consent differs from the EU’s, I’d keep a close eye on the European Data Protection Board’s ruling on Meta’s “Pay or Okay” model. Not only will that affect how platforms choose to interact with Europe going forward, it could have unpredictable impacts on how organizations choose to comply with other data privacy regulations globally. 



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