On January 8, 2019, the California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General, held the first of six public forums regarding the implementation of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). The CCPA, effective January 1, 2020, grants residents of California new privacy rights, similar to the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which entered into effect May 25, 2018.
The one-hour forum included speakers representing consumers, employees, universities, and industry, including the Chamber of Commerce and the National Advertising Initiative. Public comments included concerns about the impact and scope of the law, as well as requests for clarity and modification.
Topics raised during the course of the forum included:
Pursuant to Section 1798.185, the CCPA gives the Attorney General rulemaking authority, with regulations to be issued on or before July 1, 2020, and requires the solicitation of broad public participation. As such, the Attorney General is hosting five additional public forums throughout California through February 2019. In addition, written comments can be submitted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to the California Department of Justice, ATTN: Privacy Regulations Coordinator, 300 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013.
Given the multitude of issues, including the uncertainty around whether the CCPA will align more closely with the GDPR and existing privacy regimes, businesses are likely to benefit from early compliance efforts.