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California: Senate amends bill on employees and business transactions exemptions under CCPA

The California State Senate amended, on 25 June 2020, Assembly Bill ('AB') 1281 which seeks to extend the exemption of the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 ('CCPA') in relation to employee information and business to business transactions until 1 January 2022. In particular, AB 1281 would exempt information collected by a business about a natural person in the course of such person acting as a job applicant, employee, owner, director, officer, medical staff member, or contractor. In addition, AB 1281 would provide an exemption for information reflecting a written or verbal communication or a transaction between the business and the consumer, if the consumer is a natural person who is acting as an employee, owner, director, officer, or contractor of a company, partnership, sole proprietorship, non-profit, or government agency and whose communications or transaction with the business occur solely within the context of the business conducting due diligence regarding a product or service.

AB 1281 would only become operative if the ballot initiative for the California Privacy Rights Act is not approved by voters at the November 2020 general election.

You can read AB 1281 here and track its progress here.