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United States Privacy Digest | Notes from the IAPP Editorial Director, March 29, 2019 Related reading: Canadian privacy commissioners find Facebook violated country's privacy laws

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Greetings from Portsmouth, New Hampshire!

We here on the IAPP content team are immersed in a heated NCAA men's basketball tournament challenge. That means lots of smack talk, bad team name puns, and for the cellar dwellers, heartbreak. The two most picked teams, naturally, were Duke and North Carolina. There's a smattering of Michigan State and Kentucky picks, and one, let's say, intrepid Cincinnati Bearcats pick. I've always enjoyed the tournament for its exciting play and unpredictability and because it signifies that spring is here (and baseball season, for that matter).

As we turn toward warmer days, state-based privacy bills are sprouting up around the country. The Washington Privacy Act has already passed the state Senate and is in process on the house side of things. IAPP Westin Research Fellow Mitchell Noordyke has been closely watching this law's developments — including this week's analysis of the Senate version of the bill here. Though it's impossible to accurately predict the passage of any law, there is a procedural timeline that could be instructive. Key dates could include April 3 and notably, April 28, which is the "last day allowed for regular session under [the] state constitution." If the bill does progress as some expect it will, then pending a governor's signature, we could have a new comprehensive privacy law just in time for our Global Privacy Summit in Washington ... D.C., that is. 

Speaking of signatures, Utah's governor signed a new privacy law this week. Though not a comprehensive law like the California Consumer Privacy Act or WaPA, House Bill 57 requires government entities to obtain a warrant in order to access data from third parties. Utah now becomes the first state in the U.S. to enact such a law, which is expected to go into effect in May. This is just another example of the widespread momentum behind privacy awareness and law across the country. 

On the federal side of things, be sure to check out this month's Privacy Advisor, particularly Angelique Carson's interview with Cameron Kerry on his decision to set aside private practice to pursue the cultivation of a federal bill. Going back to the Obama administration's Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights, Kerry has long been a champion of a federal bill. The Advisor feature is good weekend reading, no doubt. 

I know I'll be spending my weekend rooting for my remaining college picks, which hopefully means an eventual final between Duke and North Carolina. That could be an all-timer. Go, Tar Heels! 

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