The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) went into effect on January 1, 2020. Despite requests made by multiple trade associations for delay in the enforcement of CCPA due to COVID-19, the California Attorney General’s office has declined to delay enforcement, which is set to begin July 1, despite the AG’s failure to release final regulations.
The AG’s office first released proposed regulations in October 2019, our summary of the draft regulations can be found here. After the new year, the AG released two sets of modifications to the draft regulations on February 10 and March 11. At a privacy and data security conference last week, a staff member from the California state legislature commented that, due to the pressures and working circumstances created by COVID-19, the most recent version of the regulations, published March 11, are likely to be the version used for enforcement beginning in July. Significantly, the office rejected suggestions that the regulations be delayed because corporations are experiencing these same COVID-19 pressures.
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