The 2019 legislative period is ending soon, and where privacy and security is concerned, it might be time to queue up a "wha wha whaaaaa" disappointment horn.
When the year began with California's landmark privacy legislation—the California Consumer Privacy Act, or CCPA—many thought that other states would rise to the occasion.
But with pressure from tech giants fueling the opposition, most couldn't follow through.
Pew reviewed the year:
Of the 24 states that considered data privacy legislation this year, only Illinois, Maine and Nevada enacted new laws.
There will be even more pressure for legislatures to act next year: Since sessions ended in most states, a $5 billion fine against Facebook and a $700 million settlement with Equifax over data breaches have brought even more public attention to the issue, as have continued revelations about election manipulations by Cambridge Analytica, which used personal data to profile voters.