On June 28, 2018, California governor Jerry Brown signed the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA), which becomes effective on January 1, 2020.
The primary objectives of CCPA:
- Give users the right to know what information large corporations are collecting about them.
- Give users the right to tell a business not to share or sell personal information.
- Give users protections against businesses which do not uphold the value of privacy
Among the rights that CCPA gives users, the most important are:
- The right to know ALL data collected by a business, twice a year, free of charge.
- The right to say NO to the sale of personal information.
- The right to sue companies who collected personal data, where that data was stolen or disclosed pursuant to an unauthorized data privacy breach, if the company was careless or negligent about how it protected personal data (i.e. if the data was unencrypted, un-redacted, or the company didn’t have reasonable security policies and procedures in place to protect it).