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California: AG addresses CCPA enforcement and launches consumer tool to notify businesses of violations

The California Attorney General ('AG'), Rob Bonta, issued, on 19 July 2021, a statement on enforcement efforts of the California Consumer Protection Act of 2018 ('CCPA') one year after enforcement began, and announced the launch of a new online tool allowing consumers to directly notify businesses of potential violations. In particular, the AG noted, among other things, that, upon receiving a notice of an alleged violation, 75% of businesses acted to come into compliance within the 30-day statutory cure period, while the remaining 25% of businesses receiving a notice of alleged violation were either within the 30-day cure period or are under active investigation. 

In addition, the AG launched a new online consumer privacy tool that allows consumers to directly notify businesses that do not have a clear and easy-to-find 'Do Not Sell My Personal Information' link on their homepage. Specifically, the tool asks guided questions to walk consumers through the basic elements of the CCPA before generating a notification that can then be sent to the business, and which may trigger the 30-day period for the business to cure their violation, which is a prerequisite to the AG bringing an enforcement action.

You can read the press release here and access the online tool here.