The absence of comprehensive federal privacy regulation in the United States has created an open field for states to take the lead in addressing individual data protection and privacy rights. The first state to take the field was California. More recently, Texas joined the game by passing the Texas Data Privacy and Security Act. While both California’s and Texas’ laws share the common goal of safeguarding personal information and empowering consumers with new data rights, there are some significant differences in scope and coverage.
This article examines the key aspects of both privacy laws, illuminating their similarities, differences and their expected impacts.