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2023 Updates to Data Protection Laws

Whenever I think about things in our world that have changed in my lifetime, the first thing that comes to mind is the cars I have owned. It’s not until you look back in time that you realize the incredible evolution of personal transportation. When purchasing a new or used car, these are some of the questions you might ask.

  • Is it standard or automatic transmission?
  • Does it have electric or manual windows?
  • Is it rear-, front-, or 4-wheel drive?
  • Does it have air conditioning?
  • What type of dashboard display, music, and audio options does it come with?
  • Does it have a remote lock, remote start, or keyless ignition?

Today’s cars are a far cry from the first automobiles, and most would say a huge improvement.

Yet, whenever something familiar evolves, we might think, is this change really necessary? But when we finally use it and become accustomed to it, we often realize that the change was a positive one and now we can’t imagine living without it. Even though we might not appreciate change immediately, given time, many changes turn out to be good ones.

Data Protection Laws

Your initial response to the changes being made to current data protection laws may be, “Is this really necessary?” It’s hard enough to keep up with the laws as they are, and changes can cause a lot of anxiety and create a lot of work just to catch up.

As technology changes, data thieves and criminals update their methods, finding new ways to steal and misuse personal information. But information theft isn’t limited to external attacks; it often originates within the workplace. This is one of the key reasons that existing data protection laws are updated and new laws are enacted—to protect private information no matter where the attack comes from.

Data Protection Law Changes

  1. New York led the way in March 2020 with the Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data Security Act (SHIELD).
  2. Virginia followed on March 2, 2021 with the Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (CDPA).
  3. In 2023, California enacted the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) on January 1, 2023.
  4. On July 1, 2023, the Colorado Privacy Act (CPA), and Connecticut Data Privacy Law (CTDPA) are expected to take effect.
  5. The Utah Consumer Privacy Act is expected to take effect by December 31, 2023.
  6. Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey are actively developing their own legislation.

So, what do these laws have in common?

Data Protection Laws may include the right for individuals to:

  • Inspect the personal information an organization has collected about them
  • Request corrections to errors in their personal information
  • Request deletion of their personal information
  • Deny permission to a data collector to sell or use their personal information for targeted advertising
  • File a complaint or appeal when an organization denies any of the above requests

Wherever your organization operates within the US, it is subject to federal data protection laws and likely state laws as well. They all require rigid internal data protection and destruction policies and procedures. Be sure to protect yourself and your organization by working with a reputable records and information management company.

Records Management Center is a full-service records and information management company in Augusta, Georgia. We serve businesses and organizations throughout Augusta, Evans, Thomson, and Martinez, GA, Aiken, SC, and the Central Savannah River Areas. For more information, call us at 706-724-7982 or complete the form on this page. Our compliance experts are standing by!