Privacy Policies in the Digital World

Depending on where you work or do business, there could be many privacy laws to you should be aware of. This article discusses important privacy laws in the United States, and the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Note the different aspects that the US Privacy Act of 1974, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996, the Children’s Online Privacy Act (COPPA) of 2000, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), and the GDPR protect. How would you compare the GDPR to the CCPA?

1. Chapter Summary

This chapter will inform the reader of the most recent privacy legislations such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). Readers will also explore what privacy policies are and why they are necessary. Privacy legislations have significant changes designed to better address the realities of an evolving, digital world while increasing the level of compliance and accountability for organizations processing personal data. Important concepts include greater transparency for individuals on how and why personal data is processed while strengthening the rights of individuals with regard to their personal data. This chapter will take a deep dive into the details that make up privacy policies/legislations. In addition, the chapter will discuss how the US is following in the European Union’s footsteps in implementing federal updated privacy legislation to protect consumers and mandate companies to address privacy controls and risks in our evolving digital world.

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