California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today released to the public proposed regulations under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). The CCPA was introduced as Assembly Bill 375 and signed into law on June 28, 2018. The law provides consumers with groundbreaking new rights on the use of their personal information. The law mandates that on or before July 1, 2020, the Office of the Attorney General promulgate and adopt implementing regulations for the CCPA. The comment period regarding these proposed regulations has now begun.
“Knowledge is power, and in the internet age knowledge is derived from data. Our personal data is what powers today’s data-driven economy and the wealth it generates. It’s time we had control over the use of our personal data. That includes keeping it private,” said Attorney General Becerra. “We take a historic step forward today to protect Californians’ inalienable right to privacy. Once again, California leads the way putting people first in the Age of the Internet.”
The CCPA includes the following key requirements:
- Businesses must disclose data collection and sharing practices to consumers;
- Consumers have a right to request that their data be deleted;
- Consumers have a right to opt out of the sale or sharing of their personal information; and
- Businesses are prohibited from selling personal information of consumers under the age of 16 without explicit consent.
The proposed regulations are intended to operationalize the CCPA and provide practical guidance to consumers and businesses subject to the law. The regulations would address some of the open issues raised by the CCPA and would be subject to enforcement by the Department of Justice with remedies provided under the law. The proposed regulations were drafted after a broad and inclusive preliminary rulemaking process, which included seven public forums held throughout the state and a public comment period during which the office received over 300 written comments.
A copy of the California Consumer Privacy Act Proposed Regulations and other related documents can be found at www.oag.ca.gov/ccpa. A Fact Sheet is also attached to the electronic version of this release here.