Did you know that California has one of the strictest set of privacy laws in the country…even more so than the federal government? California’s privacy and data security laws are extensive and stringent, designed to protect consumers. There are many laws which make up California’s bundle of privacy and data security laws. Today, this post will focus on The California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA).
Did you also know that when government rolls back regulation, that lack of, or dilution of regulation negatively impacts your privacy, allowing companies to do whatever they feel like doing—at your expense? Fortunately for those of us who live in California, we have a state that takes the protection of our privacy seriously. Does your state?
Here is what you should know if you are doing business in California or even thinking about collecting personal information from California residents.
PII includes, but is not limited to:
- First and last name.
- Home address or other physical address.
- Email address.
- Telephone, fax, cell, Skype, or VOIP number.
- Social Security number.
- Anything else that allows you to identify a specific individual.
- Information concerning a user that the website or online service collects online from the user and maintains in personally identifiable form, combined with one of the other elements.
- Identify the categories of PII that the website or online service collects.
- Identify the categories of any 3rd party with whom the PII is shared.
- Describe the process consumers must go through to review and request changes to PII the website or online service collects.
- Provide the policy’s effective date.
Sometimes folks upload template policies that they find online. Not a smart move unless the policy has been vetted by a competent attorney who understands California’s privacy laws. Take this seriously or pay later.
I’m attorney Francine Ward helping you stay safe. Join my conversation on my Facebook Law Page, my Twitter Law page, my Google+ page, or in one of my LinkedIn discussion groups. Until next time …