: How 2023 will rewrite tech policy

by | Dec 29, 2022 | Stock Market

Lawmakers and officials looking to regulate big tech firms made limited progress last year, but that could change in 2023—thanks to leadership from state policymakers. A spate of bipartisan bills aimed squarely at breaking up the tech titans made their way through Capitol Hill with overwhelming support, only for those bills to be quashed in an epic lobbying campaign by those same companies months later. Meanwhile, a long-stalled tech privacy effort from Congress got resurrected over the summer, only to get stalled again.

While federal efforts to regulate tech companies were slow to move forward in 2022, state lawmakers took action to try to leave the web better than they found it, Congress’s hemming and hawing be damned. Here’s a look at some of the biggest changes they’ve managed to put into place for netizens in the coming year—and how they might spur changes for folks across the nation. The country’s patchwork of privacy laws will only get bigger (and patchier) Saying that state lawmakers were “enthusiastic” about privacy issues this year is a bit of an understatement. Twenty-nine different states either introduced or considered a whopping 60 bills aimed at protecting people’s privacy online. For five of those states—Georgia, Indiana, Maine, Michigan and Vermont—this year was their first introducing any sort of comprehensive privacy bills. Out of that hubbub , only two states successfully enacted a privacy law in 2022: Utah and Connecticut. The move puts them in the same league as California, Colorado, and Virginia, which all have their own patchwork of privacy laws passed over the past few years. For the most part, both Utah’s and Connecticut’s laws mirror the ones already on the books in those other states. Both laws mandate that residents have the ri …

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