Final Regulations for California Consumer Privacy Act Approved

August 18, 2020

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced approval by the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) of final regulations under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). Proposed final regulations were submitted to the OAL by Attorney General Becerra on June 1. During OAL's review process, additional revisions were made to the proposed regulations. The approved regulations go into effect immediately.

CCPA was signed into law on June 28, 2018. It was amended on Sept. 23, 2018 by SB 1121 and on Oct. 11, 2019 by AB 25, AB 874, AB 1146, AB 1355, and AB 1564. The law went into effect on Jan. 1, 2020. CCPA grants California consumers data privacy rights and control over their personal information including the right to know, the right to delete, and the right to opt-out of the sale of personal information that businesses collect, and includes additional protections for minors. The regulations establish procedures for compliance and exercise of rights, as well as clarifying important transparency and accountability mechanisms for businesses subject to the law. 

The regulations approved by OAL were drafted after a preliminary rulemaking process, which included seven public forums, during which the office received over 300 letters. During the formal rulemaking process, Attorney General Becerra held four public hearings throughout the state, along with a 45-day comment period and two subsequent 15-day comment periods. These comment periods resulted in the submission of over 1,000 public comments, each of which were taken into consideration when drafting the final regulations. 

A copy of the approved final regulations can be found here.

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