The Uniform Law Commission’s “Privacy Bill” Fails to Protect Privacy

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By Calli Schroeder, EPIC Global Privacy Counsel

The rising clamor for clear privacy regulations from privacy advocates, consumers, lawmakers, states, and even some businesses has prompted numerous proposals at the federal, state, and local levels.  The Uniform Law Commission (ULC) recently approved a model bill, the Uniform Personal Data Protection Act (UPDPA), in June 2021. Though purportedly designed to bring “clarity and stability,” this model bill does not align with already enacted privacy laws in states such as California and Colorado, deepening the split among state approaches to privacy regulation, and does very little to protect privacy. Frankly, the UPDPA does not appear to be a privacy law at all. At best, it is a data access law and a poor one at that. 

The ULC’s focus throughout the bill on minimizing burdens for businesses has prevented any useful privacy protections in the final product. A prefatory note in a

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