Beginning in the 1970’s, the U.S. began passing a series of ad hoc statutes designed to protect some of the most sensitive personal information in the credit reporting, health care and financial services industries. For years, privacy law languished as a backwater subspecialty to which no one paid much attention. However, the recent enactment of revolutionary privacy laws in California and the dramatic increase in data security incidents affecting millions of consumers has thrust privacy law into the spotlight and prompted a flurry of privacy legislation and litigation nationwide.

In May 2018, the European Union implemented the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and in June 2018, California passed the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). Both of these laws revolutionized the legal world and thrust privacy law out of the shadows and into the forefront. In addition to CCPA, California has added other detailed privacy laws over the last 20 years, including laws protecting the personal data of school pupils and regulating the collection of personal information by online businesses.

California’s complex privacy regime requires privacy practitioners, in-house compliance counsel and privacy officers to understand and synthesize numerous privacy laws and regulations scattered throughout California’s various legal codes. Practitioners and businesses must understand which laws apply to what situations, and how these laws interact with and affect one another. The Rutter Group’s California Practice Guide: Privacy Law provides a single detailed guide for lawyers and other privacy professionals to California’s civil privacy laws.

About California Practice Guide: Privacy Law
Authored by Severson & Werson privacy attorney Joseph W. Guzzetta (CIPP/US, CIPP/E), California Practice Guide: Privacy Law provides a comprehensive, practice-oriented description of the requirements and court interpretations of California’s civil privacy laws. It contains detailed sections on the CCPA, California’s financial privacy laws, health and medical privacy laws, online and technology-related privacy laws, California’s common law privacy torts and data breach litigation, among others. With the national (and international) scope of California’s civil privacy laws, California Practice Guide: Privacy Law is an essential resource for any lawyer or privacy professional.

This post was submitted by Joseph Guzzetta, privacy attorney and author of California Practice Guide: Privacy Law

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