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This is the Data Protection Report’s ninth blog post in a series of CCPA blog posts that will break down the major elements of the CCPA. Stay tuned for additional posts on the CCPA.

On May 16, 2019, the California Senate Appropriations Committee held a hearing that included S.B. 561, the “Attorney General amendment” to the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”). The bill is being held in committee and under submission, which means the bill has been blocked and is likely dead.

The bill would have made three significant changes to the CCPA:

  1. It would have expanded the consumer’s private right of action from only certain security breaches to any violation of the CCPA.
  2. It would have deleted the 30-day cure period that enables a company to remedy an issue prior to Attorney General enforcement.
  3. It would have changed a provision relating to Attorney General opinions. Currently, CCPA obligates the Attorney General to answer questions regarding CCPA. The bill would have deleted that requirement and would have substituted an authorization to provide general guidance on compliance with CCPA.

Below is a summary of other key CCPA amendments that are still pending in the California legislature. We will continue to monitor the California legislature and provide updates relating to CCPA amendments.

Bills to expand CCPA

Bill No. 10-word summary Status
AB 288 Social media data – right to remove and prohibit sale 3/20 – re-referred to Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection
AB 1281 Use of facial recognition – signage required 5/8 – referred to Committees on Judiciary and Appropriations

Bills to narrow CCPA

Bill No. 10-word summary Status
AB 25 Excludes “employees” from definition of “consumer” 5/9 – from Consent Calendar; ordered third reading
AB 846 Clarifies non-discrimination provision to allow retail loyalty programs 5/9 – vote to pass; scheduled for third reading
AB 873 Expands definition of “de-identified” data, removes “household” from “personal information” 5/16 – hearing upon call of Chair
AB 874 Redefines “personal information” to exclude information from government records 5/9 – passed – moved to Senate; read first time and sent to Rules Committee
AB 981 Exempts “insurance institutions, agents, and support organizations” 5/16 – hearing upon call of Chair
AB 1146 Exempts sharing between motor vehicle dealers & manufacturers 5/8 – vote to pass
AB 1355 Narrows disclosure requirement relating to categories of third parties 5/9 – passed – moved to Senate; read first time and sent to Rules Committee
AB 1416 Permits use of data to prevent fraud or illegal activity 5/17–amended and ordered to third reading
AB 1564 Decreases the number of ways consumers can submit information requests 5/8 – vote to pass


Our other CCPA articles

Article 1: Summary of CCPA’s major provisions

Article 2: CCPA covered entities

Article 3: CCPA definition of personal information

Article 4: CCPA disclosure requirements

Article 5: CCPA “Right to Deletion”

Article 6: California Attorney General’s Office begins CCPA rulemaking process with first public hearing while Congress debates new federal privacy law

Article 7: Comments at CCPA public forum in Los Angeles highlight tensions between businesses and consumer rights groups

Article 8: GDPR, CCPA and beyond: Changes in data privacy laws and enforcement risks to monitor in 2019

Article 9: CCPA: “Attorney General Amendment” Likely Dead

Article 10: Nevada, New York and other states follow California’s CCPA

Article 11: “What’s cooking” in Sacramento: CCPA’s “employee exception” bill is amended; “publicly available information” exception is broadened, and consumer access rights are clarified

Article 12: Back At The Negotiating Table: CCPA Amendments Debate Continues

Article 13: One-Month Countdown to Pass CCPA Amendments Begins

Article 14: CCPA: “Wait and see” is not the right approach

Article 15: And then there were five: CCPA amendments pass legislature

Article 16: Mic Drop: California AG releases long-awaited CCPA Rulemaking

Article 17: California Governor Signs All 5 CCPA Amendments

Article 18: Here We Go Again: Another Ballot Initiative for CCPA in 2020

Article 19: Privacy Officers’ New Year’s Resolutions

Article 20: State of the Untion: CCPA and beyond in 2020