Impact of the California Consumer Privacy Act

How will the CCPA influence data privacy across the USA?

On June 28, 2018, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) was ratified only a week after it was introduced. The new law is greatly influenced by the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which became law in May 2018.

California residents are now able to discover exactly what personal information is being held on them by businesses and other organizations. In effect, they have very similar rights as EU citizens, including the right to:

  • request deletion of their personal data;

  • demand that their personal data is not shared with third parties, and;

  • take legal action, in some situation, if their personal data is not handled appropriately.

Under the CCPA “personal information” is information that “identifies, relates to, describes, is capable of being associated with, or could reasonably be linked, directly or indirectly, with a particular consumer or household.”

While the rest of America looks on, California has established itself as a leader, by setting the standard for other US states to follow. The arrival of CCPA enables the country to take a firmer stance on data protection. The new law gives online users with the security they want, when using the internet.

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