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In June 2018, Alastair MacTaggart and Rick Arney of Californians for Consumer Privacy managed to get the California Legislature to pass the most sweeping privacy legislation in the country - the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (“CCPA”). However, as we reported on September 27, 2019, it turns out that they were just getting started with CCPA.  On September 25,… Read More

Forbes reported that it received an email from representatives of Attorney General Xavier Becerra refusing an industry group request to delay enforcement of the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (“CCPA”) due to the ongoing disruptions caused by the response to 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) (“COVID-19”).  With California on lockdown, and most businesses forced to close or have employees work… Read More

The CCPA went live on January 1, 2020, creating a cause of action and potential liability of between $100 to $750 per person for a data breach deriving from a business' failure to maintain reasonable policies and procedures.  Unfortunately, the CCPA does not define the term "reasonable".  While compliance lawyers and consultants properly have been advising their clients to shore… Read More

Beginning on Monday, December 2, 2019, the California Attorney General began holding a series of four public comment hearings to receive comments on the draft regulations issued by the Attorney General in October 2019 regarding the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (“CCPA”). Severson & Werson attorneys Joseph W. Guzzetta and Evelina Manukyan attended the San Francisco public comment hearing… Read More

The CCPA enacted in 2018, creates new consumer rights relating to the access to, deletion of, and sharing of personal information that is collected by businesses. It also requires the California Attorney General to solicit broad public participation and adopt regulations to further the CCPA’s purposes. Today, the AG issued proposed regulations designed to establish procedures to facilitate consumers’ new… Read More

On Wednesday, Californians for Consumer Privacy, the official proponent of the ballot initiative that became the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”), announced that it had filed a new voter-sponsored initiative with the California Secretary of State that will appear on the November 2020 ballot (if the requisite number of signatures can be gathered and certified).  The initiative, named the “California… Read More

The Firm’s depth and expertise in consumer privacy has been recognized through the publication of two of the definitive practice guides on privacy in California and on the California Consumer Privacy Act. Joe Guzzetta in the Firm’s San Francisco Office was retained by The Rutter Group to publish its California Practice Guide on Privacy Law, which is an in depth… Read More

Severson's own Joseph Guzzetta will moderate a panel of experts for The Rutter Group on the California Consumer Privacy Act.  The panel will consist of Mr. Guzzetta of the Firm's San Francisco office, Payal Mehra, the Senior Director of Privacy of RingCentral; and Rick Arney, Boardmember of Californians for Consumer Privacy and co-Author of the California Consumer Privacy Act.  A… Read More

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