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New CCPA regulations announced shortly before new Attorney General named

Elizabeth Casale March 31, 2021
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Former California Attorney General Xavier Becerra recently announced new regulations under the CCPA to “prohibit companies from burdening consumers with confusing language or unnecessary steps such as forcing them to click through multiple screens or listen to reasons why they shouldn’t opt out.” READ MORE

California Attorney General submits fourth set of CCPA modifications for review

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On December 10, the Attorney General of California released a fourth set of proposed modifications to the California Consumer Privacy Act. These new modification follow the Attorney General’s proposed regulations released on October 11, 2019, as well as the California Attorney General’s previous modifications on February 10 and March 11, 2020. READ MORE

California Privacy Rights Act passes

Elizabeth Casale November 6, 2020
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California Proposition 24, the California Privacy Rights and Enforcement Act, passed on November 3, 2020. The CPRA amends and supplements some of the key provisions in California’s existing consumer privacy law, the California Consumer Privacy Act. READ MORE

Office of Administrative Law approves final CCPA regulations

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On August 14, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced that the Office of Administrative Law had approved the regulations for the CCPA and filed the regulations with the California Secretary of State. The regulations take effect immediately. READ MORE

California Privacy Rights Act qualifies for November 2020 ballot

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The California Privacy Rights Act of 2020 has officially qualified for this November’s ballot. If passed, some provisions of the law would take effect five days after the California Secretary of State files the statement of vote, but the CPRA would be effective January 1, 2023 with a July 1, 2023 enforcement date. READ MORE

California Attorney General submits final CCPA regulations for review

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On June 1, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra submitted final CCPA regulations for review by the Office of Administrative Law. The final regulations are substantively the same as the second modified regulations that the AG released back in March, but the timing of the release creates new questions. READ MORE

California Attorney General releases second set of modifications to CCPA

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The California Attorney General released a new set of proposed modifications to the California Consumer Privacy Act, following the Attorney General’s proposed regulations released on October 10, 2019. The new modifications include some welcome changes for businesses and clarifying language for a number of the law’s sections. READ MORE

Clearview AI class-action may further test CCPA’s private right of action

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A class-action lawsuit against facial-recognition company Clearview AI alleges they unlawfully scraped biometric data from other websites and sold the resulting data to other entities. The case tests yet another provision of the CCPA relating to the law’s private right to action. READ MORE

California Attorney General releases modifications to proposed CCPA regulations

Luke Sosnicki James Shreve February 12, 2020
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On February 7, California’s Attorney General released modified proposed regulations implementing the California Consumer Privacy Act. Many of the revisions can be reasonably interpreted to lessen the burden on businesses attempting to comply with the CCPA. READ MORE

Proposed federal privacy bills exceed even California’s CCPA requirements in some respects

Luke Sosnicki James Shreve December 23, 2019
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Two recent online privacy bills introduced in the U.S. Senate highlight some of the key privacy and data security issues that Congress may tackle next year. While they share much in common, key differences between the two include whether a federal bill would be privately-actionable and if it preempts state laws. READ MORE

Blog Browse: Higher education should pay attention to the CCPA

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The CCPA takes effect in less than a month. It will be the strictest privacy law in the country, and may be a model for other states as well. If they haven’t already, educational institutions—including both for-profit and non-profit schools—should take immediate steps to familiarize themselves with the statute and develop a plan to comply. READ MORE

What businesses need to know about the Attorney General’s proposed CCPA regulations

Luke Sosnicki James Shreve October 14, 2019
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On October 10, 2019, California’s Attorney General released its long-awaited draft regulations explaining how the state intends to enforce the requirements of the California Consumer Privacy Act. The regulations leave much to the best judgment of businesses that will be doing their best to comply and are in response to questions raised during the comment-gathering process. READ MORE

California ballot initiative would further strengthen the state’s consumer privacy laws

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Before the CCPA has even gone into effect, privacy advocates have already introduced new legislation further tightening California’s consumer laws. The vast majority of the new initiative would impose additional requirements on companies that want to do business with California consumers. READ MORE

Examining the six amendments to the CCPA awaiting Governor Newsom’s signature

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Although the California Consumer Privacy Act will be effective in only a few short months, key amendments are still awaiting the Governor’s signature. Some of the amendments make exemptions from the CCPA, while others provide clarification of the Act’s terms. READ MORE