Through the issuance of a press release, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra answered the calls for delaying enforcement of the “California Consumer Privacy Act” (CCPA) (AB 375), by “reminding consumers of their data privacy rights amidst the COVID-19 public health emergency.” Last month, some industry stakeholders pressured Becerra to delay enforcement of the CCPA because companies were trying to cope with the onslaught of COVID-19, which is siphoning off resources that would otherwise be used to comply with California’s newly effective privacy law. More than 30 groups asked Becerra to not enforce the CCPA until January 2, 2021.
Regarding the CCPA, Becerra stated that “[a]s the health emergency leads more people to look online to work, shop, connect with family and friends, and be entertained, it is more important than ever for consumers to know their rights under the CCPA.” He noted that “CCPA went into effect on January 1, 2020 and offers new rights to consumers that can be used both during the emergency and afterwards.
- Websites that collect and sell your personal information should have a “Do Not Sell My Information” link, which you can click on to opt-out of the sale of your personal information.
- If you want to minimize or reduce the data collected by businesses during or after the emergency, you can request that the business delete personal data that it has collected from you.
- You can also request that a business disclose to you what personal information the business collects, uses, shares, or sells. You may exercise this right twice during a 12-month period.
Becerra also offered tips on how to avoid email scams, protecting virtual meetings and home networks, and means to ensure children are safe and protected online.