California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018
- To view the text of the CCPA on the California Legislative Information website, click here.
- To view the CCPA regulations in the California Code of Regulations, click here.
- NOTE: The CCPA regulations were reordered and renumbered to reflect the fact the California Privacy Protection Agency assumed rulemaking authority in April 2022. More information about these changes is available on the CPPA’s Regulations page.
- A summary of the timeline for the enacted CCPA regulations is here.
CCPA-/CPRA-Related Legislation Tracker
- There are bills pending in the California Legislature that would amend the CCPA and/or the California Privacy Rights Act or otherwise impact how organizations understand or approach each law. This tracker provides a brief summary of the proposed legislation, as well as the status and last legislative action.
How We Got Here
The CCPA came about largely due to the efforts of Alastair Mactaggart, a San Francisco real estate developer and investor. Mactaggart championed and funded an initiative to get a similar bill put on the ballot, receiving more than 600,000 signatures — significantly more than necessary (though they were never officially certified).
Just days before the signatures were to be certified, California Democrats made an agreement with Mactaggart that if they could get a compromise bill signed into law prior to the deadline to get the initiative on the ballot he’d pull his version. In Mactaggart’s words, the proposed bill was “substantially similar to our initiative … It gives more privacy protection in some areas, and less in others.”
For their part, tech industry giants — some of which spent lots of money to oppose Mactaggart’s ballot initiative — announced they would not attempt to block the compromise bill, noting that while they disagree with much of it, it prevented the ballot initiative from moving forward.
On June 28, 2018, Gov. Jerry Brown, D-Calif., signed CCPA into law.