The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was introduced in May 2018, raising many questions about compliance for businesses. However, just as the dust settled, a new legislation was announced for California – the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). This article will explore what the CCPA is, how it compares to the GDPR, and how WordPress websites can comply with both.
While both legislations focus on the protection of personal data and sharing thereof, there are many differences between the two laws. For example, with the GDPR it is mandatory to place cookies based on opt-in, while with the CCPA this is based on opt-out. The GDPR applies to anyone who processes personal data, while the CCPA only applies to those who make $24 million profit per year, have more than 50,000 lines of personal data from households, persons or devices, or when half of their profit consists of selling personal data. Fines for GDPR violations are higher than the CCPA, and the CCPA is more prescriptive about disclosures.
In conclusion, compliance with the EU GDPR legislation does not mean compliance with the new CCPA legislation. Websites must pay attention to additional requirements and plan ahead to be prepared. Installing a plugin like Complianz can help ensure compliance with both laws, but it is also important to become more aware of how data is dealt with on websites. As more governments reinforce the importance of privacy protection, it is crucial for websites to get their data management in order sooner rather than later.