Editor's Note: This article was written by Jonathan Kenney, Jason E. Manning and David N. Anthony and was originally published on the Troutman Sanders LLP Consumer Financial Services Law Monitor. It is republished here with permission.
In a move that some consumer advocates worry will erode the notoriously stringent requirements of the California Consumer Privacy Act, the California state legislature’s Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee held a hearing this week where it advanced five different bills that amend and potentially weaken the statute. The bills advanced include the following:
- Assembly Bill 25 that would change the definition of a “consumer” within the CCPA to exclude individuals whose information was collected during the course of applying for a job.
- Assembly Bill 846 that would allow companies to continue offering incentive and loyalty programs to consumers.
- Assembly Bill 873 that would amend the definitions of “personal information” and “deidentified” information. Under this bill, the definition of “deidentified” would be consistent with the three-part test used by the Federal Trade Commission.
- Assembly Bill 981 that would exempt insurance companies from having to comply with the CCPA.
- Assembly Bill 1564 that would allow companies to make a toll-free telephone number, email address, or website available to consumers who want to submit requests under the CCPA. Currently the statute only allows a toll-free number.
Troutman Sanders will continue to monitor important developments involving changes to the California Consumer Privacy Act and will provide further updates as they are available.