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Colorado is the third state, after California and Virginia, to get a comprehensive data privacy statute through its legislature. While the Colorado Privacy Act (CPA) awaits signature by Governor Polis, businesses are assessing to what extent the CPA will impact their privacy programs.

The following provides a high-level cross-reference to help companies compare and contrast the California Privacy Rights Act of 2020 (CPRA), which is set to go into effect in 2023, with the CPA:

    CPRA Colorado Privacy Act
Ability to Process Data Permissible Purpose

(Must obtain consent to process sensitive data)

Data Minimization

(May only collect minimum data necessary)

Individual Rights Right to be Informed (aka Notice to Data Subjects)
Right to Access
Right to Correction (aka Right to Rectification)
Right to Deletion (aka Right to Be Forgotten)
Right to Opt-Out of Behavioral Advertising
Right to Opt-Out of Sale
Right to Object to Use of Sensitive Information


(While consent is required for special category processing, no express right to withdraw consent).

Right to Nondiscrimination
Financial Incentive Disclosure
Accountability & Governance Documentation and Recordkeeping
Privacy Risk Assessment
Security Appropriate Data Security to Safeguard Information
Breach Notification

(Via related statute)

(Via related statute)

Transfers to Third Parties Contractual Requirements in Service Provider Agreements