Although the U.S. does not yet have sweeping federal data privacy legislation, we believe it is only a matter of time. Even so, there are other pieces of legislation, such as the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, FERPA, TCPA, and COPPA that already encompass privacy issues and could affect your business.State Privacy Laws
Many states are beginning to introduce and pass privacy legislation. California is at the forefront of this effort with the CCPA and CPRA. Other states, such as Texas and Illinois, have implemented laws regarding the use and storage of biometric data. Depending on where you do business, the privacy laws of each state could affect your business dealings and expose you to penalties if risk is not properly handled.Privacy Policies
If you do business outside of the United States, you could be subject to international privacy laws such as the GDPR. The GDPR is a sweeping piece of data privacy legislation that protects the data of citizens who live in the European Union. Even if you are a U.S. business that does not have a base of operation in the EU, you may be subjected to the GDPR if you process the personal data of EU citizens.
When it comes to data privacy, it is better to be proactive instead of reactive as it could be costly to make changes later in order to comply with changing laws. Contact the attorneys at our Nashville office to discuss your data privacy concerns.