Colorado has recently become the first state to explicitly safeguard neural data privacy, enacting a law on Wednesday, April 17th, 2024. Essentially, this legislation acknowledges that data generated by the nervous system is sensitive.

Supporters in Colorado expressed concerns that without proper safeguards, new devices might enable malicious actors to manipulate an individual's thoughts. Lawmakers in California and Minnesota are similarly evaluating protections for neural data.

Modern healthcare and medical research heavily rely on technology and data. As new technologies emerge, they bring expanded challenges for privacy. The recent move by Colorado demonstrates that regulatory frameworks must remain adaptable and flexible, evolving to cover new scenarios that might not have been envisioned just a few years ago. This is particularly relevant for neurodata and neurotechnology.

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Seamus Larroque

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