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“US’ GDPR” – the California Consumer Privacy Act Kicks in on 1 Jan 2020

In just a short few weeks, a monumental change of privacy regulations will kick in for US businesses. On 1 January 2020, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) will come into effect, with a compliance deadline at the end of January 2020, and signifies a shift in tone in the privacy sphere for the US – with a move closer to global privacy norms, and away from the perspective that personal data is a company asset.

A series of data disasters such as Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal and the massive Equifax breach left many Americans feeling powerless. Regulators stepped in after the fact to punish the companies, but at the time, there was little that U.S. consumers could do to prevent data breaches. Under the CCPA, Americans (well, Californians, mostly) move a step closer to general privacy protection. However, the Act only targets larger companies or those with prolific data use so there is still a long way to go to being general protection.

In October, the California Governor signed five bills to amend CCPA to provide some regulatory relief for businesses when the CCPA comes into effect.

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About this Author

Cameron Abbott, Technology, Attorney, Australia, corporate, KL Gates Law Firm

Mr. Abbott is a corporate lawyer who focuses on technology, telecommunications and broadcasting transactions. He assists corporations and vendors in managing their technology requirements and contracts, particularly large outsourcing and technology procurements issues including licensing terms for SAP and Oracle and major system integration transactions.

Mr. Abbott partners with his clients to ensure market leading solutions are implemented in to their businesses. He concentrates on managing and negotiating complex technology solutions, which...


Xin Ya Tan is an associate at the firm’s Singapore office. She is a member of the commercial disputes practice group.

This is a temporary biography. A complete biography will be available soon.


John ReVeal is a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office and a member of the consumer financial services practice group. He advises banks and other financial services providers on consumer compliance and assists financial institutions in the review and development of Bank Secrecy Act and Anti-Money Laundering programs.

In addition, Mr. ReVeal advises financial institutions regarding bank and thrift powers, federal preemption, exportation of rates and charges, and financial institution licensing.