POLITICO Pro reporters Katy Murphy and Cristiano Lima teamed up with Deputy Managing Editor for States Angela Greiling Keane for an exclusive conference call. The briefing focused on the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and a growing debate around consumer privacy and data protection policy at the state, federal, and international levels.
Read the top takeaways from this week’s briefing.
1. The CCPA is effective on Jan. 1 2020, but scope and enforcement remain uncertain.
The CCPA is set to become state law in the new year but the legislation remains a focus within the California State Legislature. Multiple proposals to alter, expand or weaken the CCPA have been debated in Sacramento since the measure’s passage. And major questions on the application of the law and its enforcement have yet to be fully answered. These questions include: How will consumer data be defined under the new law? And what is the role of the Attorney General regarding enforcement of the law?
2. CCPA adds urgency to the federal policy debate.
California’s landmark consumer privacy and data protection legislation has upped the ante on Capitol Hill. There is a sense from members of Congress that the federal government was slow to the punch on privacy legislation. Lawmakers are beginning to coalesce around basic concepts, like expanding FTC funding and coverage, but a big political divide is apparent when it comes to policy details. One noticeable disagreement centers on how potential federal legislation would interact with existing state-level policy.
3. Big Question: Where does the Trump Administration stand?
The Trump Administration has been noticeably absent from recent privacy and data protection despite expectations of recommendations from the Department of Commerce. As the privacy debate on Capitol Hill, many are waiting to see how President Trump’s administration will use its influence.