Does California’s New Data Privacy Law Apply to My Business?

Does California’s New Data Privacy Law Apply to My Business?

Data Protection, E-Commerce, Privacy
Starting January 1, 2020, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), far and away the broadest consumer data privacy law passed by any State to date, goes into effect.   What is the CCPA? CCPA grants California "consumers" extensive rights as to how their personal information is collected, stored, and used, as well as gives them a private cause of action against businesses who violate its requirements.   For businesses (including those not even located in California) that collect or process the personal information of California consumers, CCPA includes very specific disclosure requirements for those consumers, as well as stiff statutory penalties for failure to comply.   As with the implementation of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) last year, CCPA is causing much hand-wringing among owners and management of…
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Happy GDPR Day!

Happy GDPR Day!

Data Protection, European Union, GDPR, Privacy
Happy GDPR Day, everyone. Interesting article in today's Times about it.   For me, the most interesting takeaway is how the EU's model data protection and privacy regulations are being disseminated to other nations and regions (e.g. Brazil and Japan), as a way to check Facebook, Google, and similar tech juggernauts.  As the New York Times, explains: "Brazil, Japan and South Korea are set to follow Europe’s lead, with some having already passed similar data protection laws. European officials are encouraging copycats by tying data protection to some trade deals and arguing that a unified global approach is the only way to crimp Silicon Valley’s power." In other words, since (for now anyway) the U.S.  has proven itself unwilling to reign in Facebook, Google, etc., the EU and the rest of…
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