Why We Need More State Privacy Laws

New data privacy laws in Colorado, California, and Virginia might not seem designed to help consumers on the surface, but experts say the overall effect they have on how consumer data is handled could lead to federal-level changes.

Colorado is the most recent state in the United States to pass comprehensive data privacy laws that control how companies handle people’s sensitive data. The new legislation in Colorado forces companies to comply with requests from consumers to delete sensitive information. Additionally, it also forces companies to ask for permission to hold data like Social Security numbers and more.

While these laws only affect residents of the state, experts say the success of bills like the Colorado Privacy Act—and similar bills in California and Virginia—could lead to sweeping changes on a federal level.

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