On Monday, Microsoft announced that it would respect the “core rights” that California’s signature data privacy law provides to Californians and extend that right across the United States, foreign media reported. Julie Brill, Microsoft’s chief privacy officer, said in a blog post On Monday that the company would extend key principles of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) across the United States, just as it promoted the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) last year.
It is reported that the bill will come into effect in California on January 1, 2020.
The CCPA, approved in June 2018, is one of the most aggressive and comprehensive data privacy regulations in the United States, somewhat similar to the GDPR. Under the CCPA rules, companies are required to disclose to users the personal data they collect, whether they will be sold and whether they are sold, and to allow them to choose not to sell personal information. In addition, users must be able to access their own data and be able to ask the company to delete them.
“Under the CCPA, companies must be transparent about data collection and use and provide people with the option to prevent the sale of personal information,” Brill wrote. Specific requirements for the CCPA to achieve these goals are still being worked out.
Brill went on to say that Microsoft will be closely watching any changes in the government’s requirement seeking new transparency and control requirements under the CCPA.
It is understood that the CCPA has been the subject of many privacy battles in the California legislature and Congress. Both the Senate and the House of Representatives are fighting for their own data privacy, and new bills are introduced every few weeks. Many Democrats believe that any state legislation should be based on California as a benchmark for expanding those protections nationwide and adding more if necessary. Republicans and industry stakeholders disagree, arguing that the CCPA is too overmanaged and that any federal law should repeal it, and that any other state law should avoid a “patchwork” of privacy regulations.
“In the United States, CCPA marks an important step in providing people with more powerful control over their data,” Brill wrote. “It also shows that even if Congress can’t or won’t act, we can make progress on strengthening privacy protections at the national level.” “