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Washington Journal of Law, Technology & Arts

Abstract

Big data is a part of our daily reality; consumers are constantly making decisions that reflect their personal preferences, resulting in valuable personal data. Facial recognition and other emerging technologies have raised privacy concerns due to the increased efficiency and scope which businesses and governments can use consumer data. With the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation ushering in a new age of data privacy regulation, international jurisdictions have begun implementing comparable comprehensive legislation, affecting businesses globally. This Article examines the similarities between emerging U.S. state data privacy laws and the General Data Protection Regulation, with suggestions for businesses implicated by emerging legislation. In addition is a comparative analysis of proposed and implemented foreign data privacy laws that may impact private companies considering investment or expansion into foreign markets.

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