The California Assembly Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee has begun the important work of clarifying significant ambiguities in the California Consumer Privacy Act. The CCPA sets out landmark privacy rights for Californians, but often in language that is either confusing or difficult to operationalize. Several bills approved at the hearing offer encouragement that the legislature may resolve several key compliance ambiguities before the Attorney General's rulemaking begins this fall. At the same time, two other bills that would have introduced new concepts to the CCPA were withdrawn and did not clear the committee in time for consideration this session.
The most significant bills approved in committee were to the CCPA's very broad and confusing definitions of "consumer," "personal information" and "deidentified' information, with the acquiescence or support of Alistair MacTaggart, chair of Californians for Consumer Privacy and the funder of the proposed initiative that led to the CCPA.
In this article in IAPP Privacy Dashboard, we take a look at these latest important developments. I helped to draft these amendments and our practice is following CCPA developments closely.