California's Consumer Privacy Act Vs. GDPR

By Grant Davis-Denny (August 1, 2018, 1:42 PM EDT) -- Barely a month after Europe's General Data Protection Regulation went into effect, California lawmakers hastily passed the most aggressive privacy law in the United States, the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018. (See our previous Law360 article for more information on the CCPA's background and requirements, and key open questions about the law.) Commentators were quick to point out similarities between the CCPA and the GDPR. Meanwhile, business leaders that invested substantial resources in GDPR compliance hoped that their companies would likewise be CCPA-compliant when the California law takes effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

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