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What is CCPA?

The California Consumers Protection Act 2018 or simply known as CCPA is the newest personal data protection law that has been passed by California in response to the growing function of personal data in modern business practices as well as personal privacy implications that surrounds the use, collection as well as protection of personal information.

Apart from that, among the many different states in the US, it is the Californian government that is diligent in protecting its citizen’s privacy rights.

Whether you believe it or not, both CCPA and CalOPPA have its fair share of similarities but of course, they have differences. For instance, if you do include info on what, why and how you collect data and processing personal information, then you will satisfy the requirements of CCPA and CalOPPA. But like what is mentioned before, there are differences between the two.

When it comes to CalOPPA for example, this will require you to hand out any info in your privacy policy that is related to how the website is responding in not tracking signals, effective date of privacy policy and how you would inform users on updates in privacy policy.

Unlike with CCPA, all that it requires is to have their methods of verification in identifying the person who is requesting access, erasure or change of data, procedures for submitting such requests, information on selling information of the users and how to opt out from the process be followed.

Whether you believe it or not, CalOPPA is also applicable to businesses that are operating in California and even businesses that are situated outside the state so long as it is collecting info of one Californian residents. Apart from that, there is no need for prior consent to meet CalOPPA. CCPA however needs to obtain prior consent especially among minors before they can even sell personal data. In case that they are just 13 to 16 years old, then you must have consent by them and for those younger than this age, then you need to get consent either though their guardians or parents.

And with CCPA, this is going to take effect in virtually any company in the world but then again, there would be some exceptions on its implementation. This is if the business is collecting personal data of any California residents, annual gross income reaches 25 million dollars at least, acquires personal info of around 50,000 California households, residents and/or devices annually and lastly, at least 50 percent of their annual profit is generated by means of selling personal information of any Californian residents.

Otherwise, then the business is automatically violating the law and could face serious charges.

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