Tech Industry Pushes for U.S. Version of GDPR

Roy Maurer By Roy Maurer February 12, 2019
Tech Industry Pushes for U.S. Version of GDPR

​Cisco Systems has joined other Silicon Valley giants Facebook, Google and IBM in calling for a new comprehensive federal law governing how businesses handle data.   

Akin to the recently issued General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the European Union, the law would provide clear rules on data use for organizations nationwide but would also circumvent the potential patchwork of state laws the companies view as too harsh. The technology industry aggressively lobbied against the landmark California Consumer Privacy Act in 2018, which is set to take effect in January 2020.


The GDPR Model

Europe began enforcing its GDPR in May 2018. The law restricts how businesses obtain and handle customer, candidate and employee data. The 28 EU member states can enact additional or stricter requirements for processing HR data, and employers must also comply with country-specific labor laws that regulate when and how HR data can be processed. The privacy rules carry high fines for companies that mishandle users' data.

(SHRM Online)

California Sets Privacy Benchmark

In June 2018, California passed its own law that gives people the right to know what information companies are collecting about them, why the companies are collecting that data and with whom they are sharing it, a first-of-its-kind law for the U.S. that could evolve into the national standard. Lawmakers in Massachusetts, New Mexico and Washington are considering similar measures.

(SHRM Online)

Calif. Employers Must Also Follow Workplace Privacy Rules

The state constitution identifies certain rights for citizens, including "pursuing and obtaining safety, happiness and privacy." Employees in California are covered by various statutes that protect their privacy.

(SHRM Online)

Handling Candidate Data Will Be Under the Spotlight in 2019

Data-breach protection, information security and compliance with privacy laws will be top of mind for employers in 2019, experts said.

(SHRM Online)


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