CCPA On The East Coast? Meet CDPA, Virginia’s Consumer Data Protection Act


Last week, Virginia’s house of representatives and senate passed the Consumer Data Protection Act (CDPA) with sweeping majorities.


Last week, Virginia’s house of representatives and senate passed the Consumer Data Protection Act (CDPA) with sweeping majorities.

Final week, Virginia’s home of representatives and senate handed the Client Information Safety Act (CDPA) with sweeping majorities.

And so, as soon as Gov. Ralph Northam indicators the invoice into legislation, as he’s anticipated to do within the coming weeks, you’ll be able to add “CDPA” to your listing of privateness regulation initialisms.

Some are calling the CDPA, which is the second complete information privateness legislation in america, Virginia’s reply to GDPR or the East Coast model of the California Client Privateness Act.

However the fact lies someplace in between. The invoice, which might take impact on Jan. 1, 2023 if handed, borrows from each of its high-profile predecessors.

Right here’s how CDPA stacks up.


Though Virginia lawmakers have been clearly impressed by California, CDPA is an opt-in legislation and makes use of related language to GDPR to outline consent, which must be clear, affirmative, freely given, particular, knowledgeable and unambiguous.

This normal is increased than what’s known as for below CCPA and the California Privateness Rights Act (CPRA), which requires that buyers are given the chance to choose out of information assortment.

CDPA provides shoppers GDPR-like rights.

“The place the CCPA solely supplies a proper to know and a proper to be deleted, the CDPA supplies a proper of entry, correction, deletion and portability broadly mirrored within the farther-reaching obligations of the GDPR,” mentioned Cillian Kieran, CEO and founding father of privateness compliance startup Ethyca.

However with regards to applicability thresholds, the CDPA is just a little looser than the CCPA.

Whereas the CCPA units a particular income threshold – the legislation applies to any enterprise with annual gross income of greater than $25 million – the Virginia invoice doesn’t. CDPA would apply to anybody that conducts enterprise within the Commonwealth and both controls or processes the non-public information of a minimum of 100,000 shoppers or derives greater than 50% of its gross income from the sale or processing information belonging to a minimum of 25,000 shoppers.

The CDPA additionally has a considerably extra restricted definition of the time period shopper, which solely refers to individuals who reside in Virginia and excludes anybody appearing in a industrial capability or employment context.

Taken collectively, the dearth of a income threshold mixed with this narrower definition signifies that the Virginia legislation would possible apply to fewer companies general than CCPA, Kieran mentioned.

Kieran famous that the Virginia invoice additionally incorporates particular carve outs for companies that already course of information regulated by different legal guidelines, comparable to well being information below HIPAA and delicate monetary information ruled by the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act.

No personal proper of motion

One different vital distinction between CCPA and the invoice in Virginia is that the latter doesn’t present for a non-public proper of motion, that means that the legal professional normal is the one one who would have the appropriate to implement the legislation.

There’s a personal proper of motion below CCPA for violations of the legislation that contain information breaches, which has opened the door for class-action lawsuits.

If CDPA passes, the legal professional normal will be capable of search as much as $7,500 per violation, together with injunctive aid and legal professional’s charges, following a 30-day treatment interval throughout which the breaching get together could have a possibility to repair no matter mess it’s accused of.

Getting prepped

Whereas Virginia’s privateness legislation remains to be a invoice, there’s little doubt that Virginia’s governor will signal CDPA into legislation – and shortly.

Though some geo-specific modifications shall be mandatory, companies which have already accomplished prep work for CCPA and/or GDPR shall be “in an excellent place” when CDPA hits the books, mentioned Charles Farina, head of innovation at Adswerve.

And “we count on most privateness distributors like OneTrust and Cookiebot to have updates accessible shortly as soon as [CDPA is] signed into legislation,” Farina mentioned.

However don’t fall into the lure of pondering that being ready for CCPA will make CDPA prep right into a box-checking train, Kieran mentioned. CDPA has a special definition for the time period “shopper” and supplies elevated rights which can be extra akin to these below GDPR.

“Making certain what you are promoting is totally compliant with the GDPR is a greater baseline for preparation for broader information privateness laws,” Kieran mentioned. “Nevertheless it’s essential to acknowledge that every state has nuances … there isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer.”

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