Data breaches and technology are evolving at such a rapid rate. In the first half of 2020 alone, data breaches significantly increased by 273% compared to 2019, making privacy laws and regulations such as the CCPA paramount in protecting consumer rights. California is leading the way for privacy compliance, as the fifth-largest global economy, the CCPA forces many companies to address privacy compliance.
California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA)
The California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) inches closer and closer to the November 2020 ballot. With the number of signatures being verified, Los Angeles County was the latest county added to the statistical total of 75 percent. The current status stands at an impressive 78 percent of the overall signatures confirmed so far. Although not entirely in the clear, it appears that the CPRA ballot initiative will likely make it to the 2020 ballot, which means additional updates to the existing CCPA law are possible.
As the world tries to adjust to this "new normal," many are wondering how businesses will resume a normal or phased approach to re-opening. With strict new guidelines for social distancing, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends daily health checks in the workplace, and that all companies implement an updated plan that reduces exposure to COVID-19.
As the proposed amendment California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) teeters on the edge of uncertainty, so could the enforcement date for the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). The California attorney general has previously stated that the enforcement date for the CCPA will begin July 1, 2020, leaving many businesses rushing to ensure they meet CCPA compliance to avoid potential fines. However, the attorney general's draft for the proposed enforcement regulation needs to be submitted to the state Office of Administrative Law (OAL) for review along with the State Administrative Procedures Act to enforce such regulations.
Truyo adds a fresh perspective to virtual events, with the launch of the Privacy Leaders Circle. This new nationwide network will bring privacy decision-makers together, during this new era of social distancing, as they engage in peer-to-peer dialogue and share their best practices without ever leaving home. With the CCPA enforcement right around the corner starting July 1, 2020, CCPA compliance is top of mind for organizations as the Attorney General of California stated he is not extending the enforcement date.
Despite missing the April 21, 2020 target date, the advocacy group, Californians for Consumer Privacy, is still moving forward with their attempt to qualify the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) on the November 2020 ballot. This new ballot initiative has until June 25, 2020, to get at least 623,212 signatures verified by state and county officials but it’s a complicated and perilous process to secure a spot in the general elections, as explained by Michael Hellbusch from Rutan & Tucker.
Did Mactaggart fail to submit signatures in time for the California Privacy Rights Act (“CPRA”) to be on the ballot for the November 3rd election? It is very possible he did.
California law requires a proposed initiative to be certified for the ballot by the Secretary of State at least 131 days before the next general election at which it is to be submitted to the voters, in this case, the November 3, 2020 election. That means that the CPRA must be issued a certificate of qualification for the ballot by June 25, 2020. Any proposed initiative that is not certified on or before that date will not be placed on the ballot. Because of this hard deadline, initiative proponents like Mr. Mactaggart are advised to provide themselves with sufficient time to complete the necessary requirements to be on the ballot. This includes factoring in the time it takes for government officials to perform the required tasks of counting and verifying petition signatures.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many organizations to conduct business remotely, this did not interfere with Japan moving forward with updating their privacy law. Recently, the Japanese Cabinet approved a bill to revise the Act on the Protection of Personal Information (APPI), which would broaden a data subject's powers to exercise control over their data and establish a system to facilitate a company's internal use of data.
On January 1, 2021, under AB 25 the CCPA will extend privacy rights to all current employees, former employees and job applicants, including your dependents’ personal information that a business maintains. Employment-related privacy rights will significantly impact how your organization manages employment data. How is your organization preparing for this new CCPA challenge?
The news surrounding COVID-19 is continuously changing as most of the nation is adapting to mandatory stay at home orders. With the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) urging individuals to continue implementing social distancing guidelines to help curb the spread of COVID-19 —individuals are spending more time connected to devices as a means to communicate with work, school, friends, and family.