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A watered-down version of California’s data-privacy law is a possibility, privacy experts warn

In six months the nation’s strongest privacy law, the California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA), will take effect. Or will it?

As the weeks wind down, there is a frantic race to frame what could become a model for a national data-privacy law. A Sept. 13 deadline on final changes to the law’s wording has privacy advocates and state lawmakers concerned a watered-down version of the bill will emerge if tech companies have their way. Conversely, businesses insist the sweeping law needs tweaks and clarifications so they can effectively comply.

“Tech has taken an anthill approach of supporting a number of amendments with carve-outs for businesses and changes in definition,” says Lee Tien, senior staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital-rights advocacy group.

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