California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has announced the California Department of Justice will hold six public forums on the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). These forums will allow the public to take part in the California Consumer Privacy Act rulemaking process. The attorney general is also inviting all interested persons to submit written comments on the California Consumer Privacy Act via mail or email.

The Department of Justice forums on the California Consumer Privacy Act will be held during January and February and take place in San Francisco (Jan. 8), San Diego (Jan. 14), Riverside, Calif. (Jan. 24), Los Angeles (Jan. 25), Sacramento, (Feb. 5) and Fresno, Calif. (Feb. 13). The Department of Justice invites all members of the public to speak at these events. Members of the public who wish to speak at the forums are requested, but not required, to register online, in advance, with the following information: Name, affiliation, email address; and whether you require accommodations, such as a sign language interpreter or translator.

The California Consumer Privacy Act is set to be the toughest privacy law in the United States. The act broadly expands the rights of consumers and requires businesses within scope to be significantly more transparent about how they collect, use, and disclose personal information.  The California Consumer Privacy Act was signed on June 28, 2018, is effective January 1, 2020, and enforcement is slated to begin no later than July 1, 2020. While the California Consumer Privacy Act is effective January 1, 2020, the 12-month “look back” requirements mean companies should plan to create and maintain an up-to-date inventory of data processing and data flows beginning January 2019. The act has many similarities to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), from its extraterritorial reach to its expansive rights for individuals, and will impact tens of thousands of businesses worldwide that have customers or employees located in California.

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