Virginia Leads The Way: The Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act

By Tricia Dunlap

In March of 2021, Virginia became the first state on the east coast with a comprehensive data privacy protection law. The Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (“CDPA” or the “Act”) goes into effect on January 1, 2023. The CDPA takes inspiration from the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) but its sponsors avoided some of the weaknesses of those two predecessors.