Tennessee has passed its own data privacy laws, joining a growing list of U.S. states with similar legislation. While based closely on Virginia’s privacy law, the Tennessee Information Protection Act (TIPA) is not completely identical to any of its counterparts.
Here’s a quick rundown on the most important aspects of the Tennessee privacy law.
Tennessee’s privacy law will go into effect on July 1, 2025.
For-profit businesses must comply with the TIPA if they do business in Tennessee (or produce products/services that are targeted to Tennessee residents), have at least $25 million in annual revenue, and meet at least one of the following conditions:
Tennessee consumers now have the following privacy rights:
Tennessee’s definition of personal information closely resembles that of other privacy laws, and is defined as "linked or reasonably linkable to an identified or identifiable natural person”
It’s a broad definition that covers everything from IP addresses to shopping habits. However, personal data does not include de-identified data, aggregate data, or publicly available information.
As is the case with several other states, the Tennessee Information Protection Act requires businesses to perform data protection impact assessments for certain types of processing activities. A DPIA is required for:
The TIPA does not grant a private right of action to consumers, meaning they cannot sue a business over alleged violations.
The pace of state privacy legislation is picking up, with many states likely to pass their own laws in the near future. With each new law, compliance becomes a little more complicated to manage, especially for businesses without in-house privacy experts.
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