California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)

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.




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.

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Pete Salsich- IP Lawyer and Musician

Not only is Pete a talented musician, he also happens to be a gifted lawyer helping clients create and protect intellectual property, particularly in the media, technology and entertainment industries. Connect with Pete here.

Stop by today, say hi, and help me encourage Pete to play a song or two 😉

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More past and upcoming live video shows here at “HackingLegal” “HackingSocial” and “HackingLife” 😉

“What Businesses Need To Know About The New California Consumer Privacy Act?”

Earlier today I had the opportunity to join top influencer and online biz strategist, Kim Garst, on her live video show (watch the recorded show here).

The topic was…

“What Businesses Need To Know About The New California Consumer Privacy Act?”

If you’re selling products or services in California or, advertising your products and services to California consumers (this includes Google ads, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media platforms), I think you’ll find this show helpful.

Our talking points included:

#1: What is the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)?

#2: What companies are affected by the CCPA?

#3: How can you create a plan and comply with consumer privacy and data requests?

#4: Why you need to be worried about consumers bringing private right of actions for damages.

#5: Are you REALLY doing business in California? Is advertising on Facebook and other social media platforms, to California consumers, “doing business” in California? What does this all really mean?

#6: Have you heard about the NEW proposed California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) set to be on the ballot in November? It looks like CCPA on steroids!

Watch live and recorded right here.

Reach out after the show to Mitch with your questions here.

Mitch will also be sharing a complete blog post with links to all the talking points on this topic on Wednesday. We’ll share the link here 😉



Kerry O’Shea Gorgone: “Underestimation is Not Recommended.”

Great conversation!

When it comes to Kerry, underestimation is not recommended 😉

Today’s conversation revolved around trust, branding, and how we  can all do things better in a COVID-19 world.  (video | podcast is on the way).

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Haben Girma, Author of, “Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law

President Obama with his arm gently around Haben Girma
Picture of President Obama and Haben Girma at the White House with Joe Biden in the background.

My special live video guest is Haben Girma, the first Deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law School, an advocate for equal opportunities for people with disabilities, and author of, “Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law.”


[Click here for the written transcript of our video interview]

[Click here for the podcast (audio) of our video interview]


President Obama named Haben a White House Champion of Change and she also received the Helen Keller Achievement Award and a spot on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. President Bill Clinton, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Chancellor Angela Merkel have all honored Haben, who believes disability is an opportunity for innovation. She travels the world teaching the benefits of choosing inclusion and for these reasons, and a few more we’ll discuss on the show, I’m honored to have Haben as my guest.

You can watch the live and recorded show on Facebook here.

Click here to read the transcript from the live and recorded show or here for the podcast episode.

If you haven’t already done so, please make sure to connect with Haben at


The resources Haben mentioned are here:


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Thank you Charles!

These kind words just arrived. Thank you, Charles!

“Lying in the hospital with 12 broken bones, resulting from being hit by a car while riding my bicycle, the last thing on my mind was the importance of legal representation. But I soon realized it was essential and that time was of the essence to get that done.

With the help of family and friends, I was able to arrange and meet with three legal firms to select a personal injury lawyer. The third person I met with was Mitch Jackson, with Jackson & Wilson, a referral from a fellow member of the Marine Corps League. I ultimately selected Mitch to represent me. This was based on his professional and caring demeanor and his ability to clearly explain the ensuing process, which would involve multiple insurance companies and hospital bills.

From start to finish, Mitch kept me updated on the process, explaining In simple terms complex details to help me understand status and decisions to be made. Since the accident occurred just two months before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, I appreciated that all our communications, document signings and submittals were all handled online. This kept things moving smoothly during a very difficult time.

In the end, I felt lucky to be alive, and lucky that I selected Mitch to represent me.

Without hesitation, I would highly recommend Mitch and his law firm for any personal injury related matters.”

Charles B
Dana Point, CA


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