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Creating a culture: How state privacy officers hope to rebuild public trust

February 16, 2023

Agovernment that the public does not trust is collecting more of its data than ever before.

Recent landmark data-privacy laws — like the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation and the California Consumer Privacy Act — reveal a growing interest to protect consumers from companies that would otherwise capitalize on their personal information in questionable ways. But it’s only more recently that some governments have started holding themselves to the same elevated standards. They’re asking which data is appropriate to collect, how it should be handled and — often for the first time — whether it ought to be collected in the first place.

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