Once again, the Virginia legislature is set to consider comprehensive data privacy legislation. In the 2020 regular session of the Virginia General Assembly, the House of Delegates referred several bills dealing with privacy issues, including a proposed data privacy law, to the Virginia Joint Commission on Science and Technology for study.
This year, it appears Virginia is poised to seriously consider adoption of a broad consumer data privacy framework. Senate Bill 1392 , sponsored by Senator David Marsden (D-Fairfax), was introduced on January 13, 2021. House Bill 2307, sponsored by Delegate Cliff Hayes, Jr. (D-Chesapeake), was introduced on January 20, 2021. The bills create the “Consumer Data Protection Act.”
Virginia does not currently have a comprehensive data privacy law governing consumer data. Like most states, it has a data breach notification law and various protections for specific types of data in certain contexts.