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The California Consumer Privacy Act — The Next Y2K for Businesses?

December 4, 2019 • 2:00pm ET

$39 members • $79 non-members

The California Consumer Privacy Act (the “CCPA”) was passed in June 2018 and will take effect on January 1, 2020. Dubbed “GDPR Lite” to reflect its similarities to the EU’s monster privacy law, the CCPA is expected to be a game-changer for U.S.-based companies that process sensitive data. As it stands today, CCPA will apply to all for-profit businesses that collect and control California residents’ personal information, “do business” in California and have annual gross revenues in excess of $25 million (to name just one way it can apply to you).

For the unwary, this may be brushed aside as a California-company issue; however, companies that do business online and have overall revenues in excess of the threshold — not just from California — should take note. CCPA has detailed disclosure requirements, a grant of extensive rights to individuals over how their personal information is used, statutory fines and a private right of action.

Sponsored by SmithAmundsen


Molly Arranz

Molly Arranz is the co-chair of SmithAmundsen’s Data Privacy, Security and Litigation Practice Group. She is a certified privacy professional (CIPP-US) and a recognized Privacy Law Specialist by the American Bar Association. Molly regularly advises companies about how to protect against, and respond to, cyber and privacy invasions. She has provided compliance counseling regarding biometric laws, the CCPA, GDPR and breach notification requirements and regulations to a global provider of cloud services, to financial institutions and to global retailers. She has defended more than 80 class actions involving a range of legal theories, including privacy violations, consumer fraud, breach of contract, breach of warranty and misrepresentation.

Heather Bailey

Heather Bailey has concentrated her practice in employment and labor counseling and litigation, including discrimination and trade secret / non-compete lawsuits, FLSA class actions, labor negotiations and arbitrations, affirmative action, OFCCP/DOL audits and FINRA issues. She counsels on day-to-day operations, human resources, and management decisions regarding employees, practices and policies. Heather also works comfortably with FMLA/ADA, sexual harassment, affirmative action, union avoidance and other types of employee and management training. Her clients operate across the U.S. in industries like vending, healthcare, transportation, parking, automotive repair, construction, staffing, hospitality (restaurants/taverns), banking, and manufacturing to name a few.