In this Privacy Tracker series, we look at laws from across the globe and match them up against the EU General Data Protection Regulation. The aim is to help you determine how much duplication of operational effort you might avoid as you work toward compliance and help you focus your efforts. In this installment, Lydia De La Torre, CIPP/US, compares the new California Consumer Privacy Act 2018 to the GDPR.
We all found out the results of the World Cup July 15, but there is a different matchup in the data protection world, the results of which will remain unknown until 2020: the EU General Data Protection Regulation and the California Consumer Privacy Act 2018.
Most data protection professionals would agree that the GDPR sets the global “gold-standard” for data protection and has forced companies across the globe to significantly update their data practices and ramp up their compliance programs. Many would likely dispute whether the CaCPA deserves to be placed at the same level, Honestly, it may be too early to tell. As the first U.S. attempt at a comprehensive data protection law, the CaCPA has the potential to become as consequential as the GDPR. After all, California is the fifth largest economy in the world, the home of many technology titans, and traditionally a trend-setting state for data protection and privacy in the U.S.
Although the CaCPA incorporates some concepts that data protection professionals are familiar with, it is not modeled after the GDPR. Thus, compliance with the GDPR does not equate compliance with the CaCPA. This article compares the scope and main features of both laws.
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