CCPA and GDPR: Similarities and Differences you Must Know

CCPA and GDPR: Similarities and Differences you Must Know

The Californian Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) is the latest privacy regulation, second to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to have a broad impact on the privacy of people’s personal information. On May 25, 2018, the EU’s GDPR replaced the EU Data Protection Directive of 1995, transforming how businesses handle and protect personal information. The CCPA allows a right of privacy to Californian residents. It went into effect Jan. 1, 2020.

Although many similarities exist between these two regulations, some differences stand out as well. It’s good to know where these variances are to determine how they might impact a business. Complying with one may make it easier to comply with the other. However, that might not always be the case.

A significant focus on data privacy

Currently, data protection is dominating organizations, spurring them to comply with legal obligations as well as to maintain the trust and business of valued customers and clients.

People are more aware than ever of their data’s value, of the importance of data protection and their data security and privacy rights. This is emphasized by the ever-growing large-scale breaches of personal information happening recurrently, across the globe, and impacting millions of people. This growing awareness is influencing change. People want privacy and need the ability to control their information.

Countries and their lawmakers are listening and are now reacting. This is evident in the recent regulation reformations concerning data security and privacy. The CCPA, like the GDPR, demonstrates this and allows individuals the privacy and control over their data that they need and desire. Consumers and data subjects welcome this, but it may be causing some concern for businesses. There’s never been such a significant focus on data privacy, data security and proper handling and processing of people’s information as there is currently and it all seems to be happening at once. So, it’s good to keep abreast of the changes to understand how each regulation may affect how your business operates.

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