California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)
Data Privacy Issues
Between January and September 2019, it’s reported that there were over 7.9 billion data records exposed — a 33% increase from the same time in 2018. In the first quarter of 2020, the number of exposed privacy records were at an increase of 273% over last year.
In 2020 along, there have been dozens of massive reported data breaches including:
MGM Resorts: In July, 2020: Researchers found 142 million personal records from former guests at the MGM Resorts hotels for sale on the Dark Web.
Walgreens: March, 2020: Walgreens announced an error with their mobile app’s messaging feature that exposed personal messages sent within the app. The error also reportedly shared the names, prescription numbers and drug names, store numbers, and shipping addresses of its users. The extent of the disclosure has not been ascertained but, it’s worth noting that the app has had over 10 million downloads.
Zoom: April 2020: The credentials of over 500,000 Zoom teleconferencing accounts including email addresses, passwords, personal meeting URLs, and host keys are said to have been hacked and made available on the dark web.
Google Chrome: Just today, reports surfaced that a Google Chrome browser bug has exposed billions of users to potential data theft.
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What is the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)
Consumers have real and legitimate concerns over data security and privacy. States, like California, are trying to take steps to address these issues and move towards fixing the problem.
The state of California rolled out the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) on January 1, 2020, and it went into effect on July 1, 2020.
In fact, I shared a few thoughts with Kim Garst on her live video show. Please give it a watch. We covered not only some of the things in this post, but also additional tips and safety ideas.
So what is the CCPA? Well, it’s a new law that attempts to ensure that consumers in California have a right to know what personal information is being collected from them. It also gives consumers the right to ask companies to delete that information or opt-out of its collection.