We all knew the General Data Protection Regulation was going to make waves. Nearing the end of the first year of its enforcement though, our focus is being turned to a new privacy legislation: the California Consumer Protection Act. This data privacy law is aimed broadly at the processing of personal information which relates to consumers residing in the state of California and applies to a variety of entities—from individual operations to corporations—which process that personal information. Like GDPR, its purpose is to remedy the imbalances created by new technology and the expanding use of personal information in a sparse landscape of consumer protections, and it attempts this by establishing the privacy rights of individuals and creating an accountability framework for the processing and “selling” of personal information.
As an email service provider, Emma maintains a robust privacy program designed around the concept of Privacy by Design and long-standing principles for data privacy represented by privacy frameworks like the one established by the OECD. Through this privacy program, we are in the process of assessing CCPA’s requirements and reviewing any gaps in our current standards. If necessary, we will integrate changes into our software to ensure that our customers are able to comply with their own obligations under CCPA.
CCPA itself is very broad in its current interpretation, with many amendments still being considered by California State legislature. This means the scope and applicability of CCPA could change as we near its effective date of January 1, 2020. As CCPA and other new privacy laws take shape, at the Federal level, or across the globe, Emma believes that our privacy program is well suited to adapt to changing regulations and support the privacy and security of individuals globally.
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