The Safeguards of Privacy Federalism

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The conventional wisdom is that neither federal oversight nor fragmenta- tion can save data privacy. I argue that, in fact, federalism promotes privacy protections in the long run. Three arguments support my claim. First, in the data-privacy domain, frontrunner states in federal systems promote races to the top but not to the bottom. Second, decentralization provides regulatory backstops that the federal lawmaker can capitalize on. Finally, some of the higher standards adopted in some of the states can, and in certain cases already do, convince major interstate-industry players to embed data-privacy regulation in their business models.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)595-645
JournalLewis and Clark Law Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

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