The CCPA goes into effect in 79 days! For some of you, this day will come all too soon, and it is a lot to think about. We are thinking about it too. In fact, many of our clients have been asking how this will impact them.
They asked — we listened.
We thought it would be beneficial to put together a short Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document about the CCPA. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it will ready your team to review your own applications. We anticipate more information and clarity as we approach January 1st. I encourage you to do your own research if you are a business operating in California, or are conducting business with clients living in California. Below you will find more information specific to who this will impact, but in my opinion, it will be affecting everyone — Nationwide — and soon.
The CCPA stands for California Consumer Privacy Act. It is a bill that is intended to increase privacy rights and consumer protection for residents of California, USA. Amendments to the CCPA were passed on September 13, 2018.
The CCPA becomes effective on January 1, 2020.
Anybusinesses operating in California that collect personal information about its consumers that meets any of the three statements:
Yes_._ The CCPA does not require you to be present in California. It will affect you if you are conducting business with California residents and have the following:
Failure to comply will result in the maximum civil penalty of $7,500 per violation, per individual if the business intentionally violates it. Otherwise, the max penalty is $2,500 per violation, per individual.
Roughly about 10 other states are purposing a similar law to the CCPA. Hawaii, Maryland, New York, and Washington, to name a few, with Maine recently passing. This means you will need to comply in each jurisdiction if this happens.
For more details, see the Proposed Regulations, but remember these may be subject to change.
We hope this has been helpful. We try to look out for our clients on matters that will be impacting them. Do not hesitate to reach out if you have any further comments or questions.