The California Consumer Privacy Act: What Attorneys Need to Know
On June 28th, 2019, the governor of California signed into law the newly introduced California Consumer Private Act (CCPA). This sweeping legislation is as groundbreaking as it is controversial, particularly when it comes to how businesses can buy and sell consumer information. For those in the legal profession, CCPA has opened the door to a variety of new lawsuits.
This is largely due to the fact that consumers have now been granted the legal right to file a lawsuit against a business in every situation where their data is breached or stolen. It does not matter whether harm was inflicted upon the consumer due to the fact. According to CCPA guidelines, plaintiffs are entitled to anywhere between $100 and $750 for each breach.
In the event that a company knowingly infringes upon consumer privacy for whatever reason, a maximum penalty of $7,500 can be imposed for each infraction. For accidental violations that lack intent, a maximum penalty of $2,500 is in effect.
Lawsuit Filing Procedures Under CCPA
In the event that a plaintiff wishes to pursue legal action against a business following a data breach, their legal representation must inform the California Attorney General of this intended action within 30 days following the filing of the civil suit.
The reason for this is requirement is largely due to the fact that breach penalties will disproportionately impact smaller businesses. While a breach may serve as a financial nuisance for an established national corporation, it could utterly devastate a startup. Because of this, the California Attorney General has the ability and agency as needed to either postpone or void CCPA lawsuits entirely. According to many industry experts, the stigma associated with a data breach is more than enough damaging punishment for many businesses.
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