Keypoint: Although weakened from its original version, the Oklahoma bill would (if enacted) provide substantial privacy rights to Oklahoma residents and, in some respects, provide more privacy protections than found in the CCPA.

On March 4, 2021, the Oklahoma House of Representatives passed the Oklahoma Computer Data Privacy Act by a vote of 85-11 with 5 excused. The bill, which is perhaps best described as a heavily-modified version of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), will now move to the Oklahoma Senate.

The Oklahoma bill was the subject of extensive reporting last month after a prior version of the bill, which included a private right of action, passed unanimously through the House Technology Committee. However, the private right of action was deleted in a significantly modified version of the bill that was introduced earlier this week.

Yet, even with the amendments, the bill is still notable for at least three reasons: scope of applicability, consent for collection, and opt-in to sales. Below is a high-level summary of the some of the bill’s more notable provisions.

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Keypoint: CCPA-like privacy bills continue to be introduced and work their way through state legislatures.

Those who attended our recent webinar or who subscribe to this blog know that we have been closely tracking proposed CCPA-like legislation in state legislatures across the country. We also launched a 2021 State Privacy Law Tracker to keep pace with the latest developments.

Yet, even with these efforts, there still are numerous developments occurring on a near daily basis. Therefore, we decided to wait until a weekend (when state legislatures are quiet) to provide a summary of where these bills stand. Of course, the contents provided below are time-sensitive and subject to change.

Continue Reading Status of Proposed CCPA-Like State Privacy Legislation as of March 1, 2021

Keypoint: Five states are now considering online privacy legislation.

Virginia and Oklahoma join Washington, New York and Minnesota as states where lawmakers have proposed online privacy legislation this year. It is expected that lawmakers in other states will propose similar legislation in the coming weeks. As discussed in our prior posts, the fact the legislation has been proposed is not indicative of whether it has any chance of becoming law. Since lawmakers passed the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) in 2018 numerous states have considered similar bills, but none of them has become law. That said, presumably one day another state (or more) will join California in passing such legislation.

Below is a brief summary of the two bills. To the extent that the bills appear poised for advancement we will provide a more detailed analysis.

In addition, on February 17, 2021, members of Husch Blackwell’s privacy and data security practice group will host a webinar to discuss all of the CCPA-like privacy bills proposed across the country. To register click here.

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