Last year, the California legislature enacted the California Consumer Privacy Act (the “CCPA”), which imposes key data privacy requirements on businesses collecting or storing data about California residents. The CCPA provides for civil penalties imposed by the California Attorney General (“AG”) and creates a private right of action for those residents impacted by a data breach. While the CCPA does not go into effect until January 1, 2020, businesses that will likely be subject to the new law have been busy evaluating compliance measures, as the window between enactment and implementation is quickly closing.
Almost 30 years ago, the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (the “TCPA”) was likewise implemented to protect consumers when enacted in 1991, but the law was focused on public concern with telemarketing communications at the time. The amount of litigation, and the number of class actions, under the TCPA has grown exponentially since then, with the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform reporting a 1,272% increase in TCPA lawsuits from 2010 to 2016. Continue Reading