Technology laws in the coming year
As restaurants adopt more technology, new federal and state regulations surrounding it become all the more relevant. Brennan Duckett, director of technology and innovation policy at the National Restaurant Association, recently weighed in on potential technology-related legislation that could impact restaurants in the coming months. He anticipates the American Data Privacy Protection Act (H.R. 8152), which didn’t pass in the last Congress, will be introduced again. The legislation would create a federal data-privacy framework giving consumers more control over their personal data and legally requiring businesses to meet specific standards to protect and secure that data. Duckett says the Association plans to advocate against the legislation in its current form because certain provisions within it (those regarding the preemption of state laws and enforcement through private lawsuits) could harm restaurants. Data privacy legislation is also expected to be active at the state level this year, with the potential for a patchwork of state laws creating a confusing mix of regulatory standards for restaurants to meet, Duckett says.
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