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California Department of Justice to Hold Six Public Forums on the CCPA

The California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and the California Department of Justice will hold six public forums about the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) that are open to all members of the public.

These public forums are being held pursuant to Section 1798.185 of the CCPA, which requires the Attorney General to “solicit broad public participation and adopt regulations to further the purposes” of the CCPA, including, but not limited to, the following areas:

1. Updating as needed the categories of personal information expressly enumerated in the definition of personal information in order address changes in technology, data collection practices, obstacles to implementation, and privacy concerns.

2.  Updating as needed the definition of unique identifiers to address changes in technology, data collection, obstacles to implementation, and privacy concerns, and additional categories to the definition of designated methods for submitting requests to facilitate a consumer’s ability to obtain information from a business upon request.

3.  Establishing any exceptions to the CCPA necessary for businesses to comply with state or federal law, including but not limited to those relating to trade secrets and intellectual property rights.

4.  Establishing rules and procedures:

a.  To facilitate and govern the submission of a request by a consumer to opt-out of the sale of personal information.

b.  To govern business compliance with a consumer’s opt-out request.

c.  For the development and use of “a recognizable and uniform opt-out logo or button by all businesses to promote consumer awareness of the opportunity to opt-out of the sale of personal information.”

5.  Adjusting the monetary thresholds for businesses to be covered by the CCPA.

6.  Establishing rules, procedures, and any exceptions necessary to ensure that notices and information that businesses are required to provide under CCPA are provided “in a manner that may be easily understood by the average consumer, are accessible to consumers with disabilities, and are available in the language primarily used to interact with the consumer,” including establishing rules and guidelines regarding financial incentive offerings.

7.  Establishing rules and procedures to facilitate a consumer’s or the consumer’s authorized agent’s ability to obtain information upon request, “with the goal of minimizing the administrative burden on consumers, taking into account available technology, security concerns, and the burden on the business” and to govern a business’ determination that a request for information received by a consumer is a verifiable consumer request.

8.  Establishing any additional regulations necessary to further the purposes of the CCPA.

The dates and locations of the public forums are located below, but may be subject to change. You can view the most updated information here.

San Francisco
Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 10 AM – 1 PM
Milton Marks Conference Center, 455 Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco, CA 94102

San Diego
Monday, January 14, 2019, 10 AM – 1 PM
California State University, San Marcos, 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd., San Marcos, CA 92096

Inland Empire/Riverside
Thursday, January 24, 2019, 10 AM – 1 PM
Cesar Chavez Community Center, 2060 University Ave., Riverside, CA 92507

Los Angeles
Friday, January 25, 2019, 10 AM – 1 PM
Ronald Reagan Building, 300 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013

Sacramento
Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 10 AM – 1 PM
California State Building, 1500 Capitol Ave., Sacramento, CA 95814

Fresno
Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 10 AM – 1 PM
California State Building, 2550 Mariposa Mall, Room 1036, Fresno, CA 93721

Individuals interested in speaking at the forums can RSVP here. Additionally, individuals may also submit comments on the CCPA rulemaking by email or by mail to California Department of Justice, ATTN: Privacy Regulations Coordinator, 300 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013.

The California Department of Justice confirmed to Hogan Lovells by email that it does not currently plan to livestream or provide call-in conferencing for any of the forums.