CCPA: Have comments? Voice them by December 6, 2019 EOD

Section 1798.185 of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA or the Act) requires the California Attorney General (AG) to solicit public participation and adopt regulations to further the purposes of the CCPA. The AG must adopt such regulations on or before July 1, 2020.


The AG released the much anticipated proposed regulations on October 11, 2019. The public has until December 6, 2019 at 5pm (Pacific Time) to provide written comments. Once finalized, these regulations will govern compliance of CCPA.


While the CCPA will be effective on January 1, 2020, the Act provides that the AG cannot bring an enforcement action until six months after the publication of the final regulations are issued or July 1, 2020, whichever is sooner. Thus, if  the final regulations are issued in 2019, the AG may enforce the Act six months after such date, which would be prior to July 1, 2020. If the regulations are finalized in 2020, enforcement will start on July 1, 2020.

The AG website notes four public hearings that would be held by the AG in cities such as Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Fresno, for all interested persons to present statements or comments.