California has recently passed one of the most comprehensive data protection schemes for consumers. The California Consumer Privacy Act permits any California consumer to demand to see all the information a company has saved on them, as well as a full list of all the third parties that data is shared with. In addition, the California law allows consumers to sue companies if the privacy guidelines are violated, even if there is no breach. The Act is in its final stages of being enacted into law.
All companies that serve California residents and have at least $25 million in annual revenue must comply with the law. In addition, companies of any size that have personal data on at least 50,000 people or that collect more than half of their revenues from the sale of personal data, also fall under the law. There is no requirement that Companies be based in California or have a physical presence in California. They don’t even have to be based in the United States.
Among other provisions, companies must offer you ways to request a copy of the personal information they have collected about you, and they must provide it free of charge within 45 days of your request. You have the right to know the types of personal information (for example name, email, or location) a business has collected, where it came from, why it was collected, the categories of third parties it has shared that information with, and the specific pieces of information it has collected. You can also tell them to delete that information.
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Shub law handles a variety of litigation involving data breaches in California and Nationwide. If you or someone you know believes that your personal information has been hacked or stolen, please contact us for a free consultation at 856-772-7200 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.