California Consumer Privacy Act

Conceptual image about how a laptop computer with internet open a virtual door to worldwide information sharing.Keypoint: The long-awaited proposed AG regulations are here, and while they provide some much-needed clarity, they will leave businesses wanting more.

On October 10, 2019, the California Attorney General’s office published its long-awaited proposed CCPA regulations. The AG’s office also announced that it will hold public hearings on the regulations on December 2, 3, 4 and 5, 2019, and that the written comment period will end on December 6, 2019, at 5:00 p.m.

In the following blog post, we will analyze and discuss many of these proposed regulations. In addition, members of Husch Blackwell’s privacy and data security practice group will host a webinar on Tuesday, October 15, from 12:00-1:30 p.m. CT, to analyze the proposed regulations.  Click here to register.


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Conceptual image about how a laptop computer with internet open a virtual door to worldwide information sharing.We previously posted that Alastair Mactaggart, one of the co-authors of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), intended to submit a new ballot initiative to strengthen the privacy rights that already exist in the CCPA. The full text of the ballot measure – which is entitled the California Consumer Privacy Rights and Enforcement Act of 2020 – is now available on the California Attorney General’s website.  There also is an annotated version of the initiative available here.

While Mactaggart’s press release identified a few of the proposed changes, our initial review of the initiative is that it would bring about a substantial rewrite of the CCPA.  While there is a lot to unpack in this initiative, here are our initial highlights:


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Conceptual image about how a laptop computer with internet open a virtual door to worldwide information sharing.Keypoint: The California Attorney General’s office is on track to publish draft CCPA regulations in October and final regulations by year end. Although the exact contours of the regulations are yet to be determined, businesses subject to the CCPA will need to understand the regulations and integrate their requirements into their CCPA compliance efforts.

The final piece of the CCPA puzzle should be in place by year end. According to Bloomberg Law, the California Attorney General’s office is on track to publish draft CCPA regulations in October and final regulations by the CCPA’s January 1, 2020, effective date. That report is in line with prior expectations that the AG’s office would publish draft regulations shortly after the California Governor’s October 13 deadline to sign the CCPA amendments that passed the legislature on September 13.

Although the CCPA becomes effective on January 1, 2020, the AG’s office cannot bring an enforcement action “until six months after the publication of final regulations . . . or July 1, 2020, whichever is sooner.” Therefore, it appears the AG’s office could potentially be poised to start enforcement actions prior to July 1, 2020.


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Conceptual image about how a laptop computer with internet open a virtual door to worldwide information sharing.September 13 was the final day for the California legislature to pass bills amending the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) prior to its January 1, 2020, effective date. After months of speculation and anticipation, we finally have clarity (subject to the Governor’s approval) on the CCPA’s provisions.

Although there were changes – and both business and privacy advocates are claiming victories – the CCPA did not undergo a dramatic change. For businesses, the most notable changes are the addition of limited exemptions for the personal information of employees and business to business contacts as well as changes to the definition of personal information. On the other hand, privacy advocates will point to what did not change, namely, the CCPA retained its core privacy rights.

Below we discuss the changes.


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Key Point: If signed by the Governor, the legislation will expand the types of personal information covered by the CCPA’s provision authorizing private litigants to seek statutory damages of between $100 and $750, per consumer per incident, for data breaches.

On September 6, the California legislature passed amendments to the state’s data breach notification statutes

data privacyOn July 11, Husch Blackwell’s privacy and data security practice group will host a webinar analyzing the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) exemption in the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). In this webinar, we will discuss the following topics:

  • History of the CCPA’s GLBA exemption
  • Analysis of the GLBA’s definition of nonpublic personal information and relevant definitions