The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) has been an enforceable law since July 1st 2020, and is a state-wide data privacy law that regulates how businesses all over the world are allowed to handle the personal information (PI) of California residents.
CCPA applies to any for-profit businesses in the world that sells the personal information of more than 50,000 California residents annually, or have an annual gross revenue exceeding $25 million, or derives more than 50 percent of its annual revenue from selling the personal information of California residents.
The effective date of the CCPA is January 1, 2020. It is the first law of its kind in the United States, and regarded as the forerunner and template for upcoming data privacy legislation within the United States.
Fines of $7,500 per violation for businesses and $750 per affected user in civil damages for businesses can be levied for a failure to comply with the legislation.
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