In an op-ed for The Hill, Washington University in St. Louis Cordell Institute for Policy in Medicine & Law Professors Woodrow Hartzog and Neil Richards explain why the recently proposed U.S. Consumer Online Privacy Rights Act is a good, albeit imperfect, start as lawmakers work toward a federal privacy law. Hartzog and Richards write COPRA incorporates the best elements of the EU General Data Protection Regulation; however, it is lacking on the matter of consent. “If the Cantwell bill is the opening salvo in a sustained attempt to enact a broader privacy framework that actually protects people, it is a strong and commendable effort,” the authors write. “However, if it ends up being the high-water mark for negotiations, instead of an upward trajectory, we seem destined to settle for an ineffective U.S. version of a ‘GDPR-lite.’” Editor's Note: IAPP Senior Westin Research Fellow Müge Fazlioglu, CIPP/E, CIPP/US, explores the similarities and differences between COPRA and the Consumer Data Privacy Act in this white paper.
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