Exformation – States experiment in privacy law

In this week’s Exformation episode, Will and Caden work through the state of data privacy in the U.S. and the implications of state-based laws on business owners across the country. As more and more laws are enacted, in a growing number of states, the rifts between their standards of privacy enforcement will create trouble for businesses acting in good faith to follow the letter of the law. Federal privacy standards, in conjunction with innovation, may be the necessary next step to create a true comprehensive privacy standard in the U.S.


  • California Consumer Privacy Rights Act, Proposition 24 (2020) [Link].
  • Colorado Privacy Act, SB190 (2021) [Link].
  • Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act, SB 1392, (2021) [Link].
  • IAPP, State Comprehensive Privacy Law Chart, Updated July 28, 2021 [Link].
  • Apple iPhone Privacy Commercial with Mustache Teenager (Mar. 31, 2019) [Link].
  • Madeleine Carlisle, How the Alleged Outing of a Catholic Priest Shows the Sorry State of Data Privacy in America, Time (July 26, 2021) [Link].
  • Jim Relles, Another Voice: The new California privacy law will hurt Sacramento small businesses, Sacramento Business Journal (Feb. 28, 2019) [Link].
  • Apple Update, iOS 14.5 delivers Unlock iPhone with Apple Watch, more diverse Siri voice options, and new privacy controls (Apr. 26, 2021) [Link].
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