Business Law

Business Law News 2018, Issue 4

California Enacts Sweeping New Privacy Law

Stuart D. Levi and James S. Talbot

Stuart D. Levi is co-head of Skadden’s Intellectual Property and Technology Group, and he coordinates the firm’s blockchain, outsourcing and privacy practices. He has been a recognized leader in the technology transaction field for over 30 years and in 2018 was recognized as a National Law Journal Trailblazer in cryptocurrency, blockchain and fintech.

James S. Talbot focuses on transactional matters, including complex technology development and licensing, intellectual property matters relating to mergers and acquisitions, outsourcing of business practices, information security and privacy projects, as well as internet domain name matters.

On June 28, 2018, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA or "the Act"), which is the broadest and most comprehensive privacy law enacted in the United States to date.1 The CCPA will affect any organization collecting or storing data about California residents and may effectively set the floor for nationwide privacy protection, since organizations may not want to maintain two privacy frameworks—one for California residents and one for all other citizens. In general, the CCPA will give consumers more information and control over how their data is being used and requires companies to be more transparent in their handling of personal information.

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