California Attorney General Holds First Public Forum on CCPA in San Francisco
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Posted by: Heather Starkey
The Attorney General’s office held its first public forum on the California Consumer Privacy Act in San Francisco Jan. 8th., with approximately 150 people in attendance, including representatives from CLTA.
Stacey Schesser, the Supervising Deputy Attorney General for the Privacy Enforcement and Protection Unit, gave a series of brief opening remarks, during which she noted that the event was just the beginning of the California Department of Justice’s “informal” process of gathering comments from the public on the CCPA, and that interested parties could expect a more formal regulatory process following the issuance of draft regulations. Ms. Schesser also made clear in her opening comments that the Attorney General’s office would not be providing feedback or answering questions at this time, and was there strictly in a listening capacity.
Despite the high turnout, only 14 individuals offered in-person comments at the meeting, including representatives from the California Chamber of Commerce Privacy Coalition, as well as public interest organizations such as Media Alliance and Common Sense Media. The comments presented during the forum asked that the Attorney General’s office focus on a number of areas of the law, including anti-discrimination, safe harbor, applicability to employees, threshold requirements, and alignment with other privacy frameworks, among others.
Though scheduled to last for three hours, the forum ran for approximately 45 minutes.
The Attorney General’s office has stated that it will hold five more public forums on the CCPA around the state through February 13th. CLTA intends to submit both in-person and written comments at the Sacramento forum scheduled for February 5th.
At some future date, the Attorney General’s office intends to have written regulations available to the public for review and comments following the formal California Administrative Procedures Act. CLTA and other interested parties will also be involved in the process and attempting to get modifications that continue consumer protections but clarify the ambiguous provisions of the bill that might result in fines and/or civil litigation.