California Announces CCPA Public Discussions

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced today that the California Department of Justice will hold six public forums on the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) starting January 8.
During the December press meeting in which the public forums were accounced, Attorney General Becerra stated that he anticipated that the public forums would provide “an initial opportunity for the public to participate in the CCPA rulemaking process”.
The forums are open to any member of the public who has an interest in the implementation of CCPA and consumer data privacy regulations. Members of the public may speak at the events or simply attend. Although not required, the AG’s website requests that any member of the public who is interested in attending registers online in advance.
California Governor Jerry Brown signed the Californian Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) into law in June 2018, amending Part 4 of Division 3 of The Civil Code of the State of California. Ed Chau, member of the California State Assembly and Democrat Senator Robert Hertzberg authored the bill. The laws will take effect on January 1, 2020, after which point all businesses that fall under CCPA’s scope must comply with the rules.
According to Attorney General Becerra’s website, the dates for the public forums are as follows:
San Francisco: Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 10 AM – 1 PM, Milton Marks Conference Center, 455 Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco, CA 94102

San Diego: Monday, January 14, 2019, 10 AM – 1 PM, California State University, San Marcos, 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd., San Marcos, CA 92096

Inland Empire/Riverside: Thursday, January 24, 2019, 10 AM – 1 PM, Cesar Chavez Community Center, 2060 University Ave., Riverside, CA 92507

Los Angeles: Friday, January 25, 2019, 10 AM – 1 PM, Ronald Reagan Building, 300 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013

Sacramento: Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 10 AM – 1 PM, California State Building, 1500 Capitol Ave., Sacramento, CA 95814

Fresno: Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 10 AM – 1 PM, California State Building, 2550 Mariposa Mall, Room 1036, Fresno, CA 93721
CCPA is a landmark piece of legislation, and its implementation has significant ramifications for many businesses that operate within California. AG Becerra believes that ordinary Californian residents should have a role in this rulemaking process.