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California AG Urges Consumers to be Vigilant While Online During the COVID-19 Pandemic

With California’s mandatory COVID-19 stay-at home orders impacting some 40 million people by forcing the vast majority of them to connect remotely to work, go to school, order necessities, socialize and do many other things, California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra recently issued an alert reminding consumers of their privacy rights and to encourage them to be vigilant about practicing sound security practices while online.

In his alert, Attorney General Becerra urges consumers to take steps to understand their rights under the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”), a new law that went into effect on January 1, 2020 and provides important consumer privacy rights both during and after the COVID-19 public health crisis. To learn more about the CCPA’s consumer privacy rights, see our previous posts on this blog located at this link.

Attorney General Becerra’s alert also warns consumers about common COVID-19 phishing email scams; provides tips on how to enable privacy and security settings during virtual meetings and otherwise protect home networks from outside hackers; and recommends online resources that “help parents set boundaries and guide their children towards becoming good digital citizens.”

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About this Author

Frank J. Fanshawe, Jackson Lewis, Hospital Payment System Lawyer, public policy issues attorney

Frank J. Fanshawe is a Principal in the Albany, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. His practice focuses on health care law and privacy and data security. He has 25 years of experience, including significant real-world legal and executive-level experience with a nationally recognized health insurer in the northeastern United States.

Mr. Fanshawe previously served as a senior adviser to the New York State Senate Health Committee chair on legislative and public policy issues in connection with New York's deregulation of the hospital payment...