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California Consumer Privacy Act Is Finally Being Enforced – Sometimes

Ready or not, the California Consumer Privacy Act is in full effect.

On Aug. 14, the Office of Administrative law approved final regulations under the act, which then became effective immediately. However, warnings about potential violations had been issued as early as July when numerous online companies were given 30 days to comply with CCPA or risk a lawsuit.

As a reminder, the CCPA regulations – which are like the European Union’s GDPR – apply to companies that:

  • Have more than $25 million in gross annual revenue
  • Buy, sell, or receive the personal information of at least 50,000 consumers, devices or households
  • Gain 50 percent or more of their annual revenue from selling consumers’ personal info

An extension for compliance has been issued for companies struggling to bring their handling of employee or business-to-business data into compliance with CCPA. These stragglers were originally given a yearlong exemption at the start of 2020, and another amendment passed earlier this month extended that exemption to Jan. 1, 2022. There is no official word on the reason for this exemption extension, but it is likely the COVID-19 pandemic played a role.

If you’re still preparing your business meeting compliance with the California Consumer Protection Act, you may have some extra time. But there is no reason to take that chance. 2W Tech is a technology service provider specializing in solutions for the manufacturing industry. We have IT consultants on staff that specialize in cybersecurity and IT compliance and would be happy to assist you on your compliance journey. Give us a call today to get started.

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