What is the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018?

What is the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018?

This law becomes effective January 1, 2020

“This bill would enact the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018. Beginning January 1, 2020, the bill would grant a consumer a right to request a business to disclose the categories and specific pieces of personal information that it collects about the consumer, the categories of sources from which that information is collected, the business purposes for collecting or selling the information, and the categories of 3rd parties with which the information is shared. ”

(AB-375 Privacy: personal information: businesses)

The bill doesn’t take effect until  January 1, 2020, so there’s still time to prepare.   An excellent posting explaining the details of the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 can be found at here  and includes information including the following ”


What are the Act’s major provisions?

The Act (the full text of which is available here) gives “consumers” (defined as natural persons who are California residents) four basic rights in relation to their personal information:

 – the right to know, through a general privacy policy and with more specifics available upon request, what personal information a business has collected about them, where it was sourced from, what it is being used for, whether it is being disclosed or sold, and to whom it is being disclosed or sold;
– the right to “opt out” of allowing a business to sell their personal information to third parties (or, for consumers who are under 16 years old, the right not to have their personal information sold absent their, or their parent’s, opt-in);
– the right to have a business delete their personal information, with some exceptions; and
– the right to receive equal service and pricing from a business, even if they exercise their privacy rights under the Act.”

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