Doing “Business” in CA? The CCPA Regulations Are Now Effective

Doing “Business” in CA? The CCPA Regulations Are Now Effective

Data Protection, Privacy, Terms of Service
Keyboard Computer Empty Private by geralt via Pixabay For those of you who have been wondering when the California Consumer Privacy Act regulations (which California Attorney General Xavier Becerra submitted to the Office of Administrative Law back in June) would be approved, you now have your answer: The regulations (which can be found here) were approved and went into immediate effect on August 14, 2020. While the CCPA’s formal enforcement date actually began on July 1st, approval and implementation of the finalized regulations now means that the California AG can bring enforcement actions against companies they've deemed to be in violation of the CCPA. As an e-commerce attorney who has been working with startups and more established companies on their online terms of service, privacy policies, and other disclosures to…
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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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