Purvi G. Patel and Mary Race
Consumer Litigation, Consumer Products, and Privacy + Data Security
The California Attorney General (AG) held its final public forum on the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) in Stanford on March 5, 2019. The Stanford forum was well attended, with over 100 people in the audience, and it featured 22 individuals speaking for two and a half hours. The following provides an overview of the Stanford forum and comments made at the forum. You can also read our reports on previous forums here.
AG’s Opening Remarks
Lisa Kim, Deputy Attorney General for the AG’s Privacy Unit, opened the forum, and, as in prior forums, directed speakers to focus comments on those areas of the Act that call for specific AG rules, set for on the AG’s presentation slides (available here). Ms. Kim noted that March 8, 2019 was the last day to submit written comments and proposed regulatory language during this pre-rulemaking phase. As for the timing for publishing proposed rules, Ms. Kim stated that the AG was targeting “early” Fall 2019. After the proposed rules are published, there will be a period for public comment and additional public hearings, which will be webcast live and videotaped.
Participants at the Forum
Twenty-two individuals provided comments at the forum, with comments equally divided between business/industry representatives and consumer advocates/private citizens. This was an interesting contrast to previous forums, in which the majority of comments came from business and industry representatives.
Business and industry representatives focused on the following issues:
Consumer advocates focused on the following issues:
Business AND consumer advocates alike focused on the following issues:
Consistent with the prior forums, the AG’s office listened, but did not respond, to comments made at the Stanford forum. Written comments can be directed to the AG by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to California Department of Justice, ATTN: Privacy Regulations Coordinator, 300 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013 by March 8, 2019. Please visit our Resource Center for up-to-date information regarding the Act.
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