AB 25

A new bill introduced by Assemblyman Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) would exclude employees from the definition of a “consumer” under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).

This is an amendment to the CCPA — set to take effect on Jan. 1, 2020 — which “grants consumers various rights with regard to their personal information held by businesses, including the right to request a business to disclose specific pieces of personal information it has collected.”

As currently written, a consumer is broadly defined as “a natural person who is a California resident.”

Assembly Bill 25 (AB 25) clarifies that a consumer is not a “natural person whose personal information has been collected by a business in the course of a person acting as a job applicant or as an employee, contractor, or agent, on behalf of the business, to the extent their personal information is used for purposes compatible with the context of that person’s activities for the business as a job applicant, employee, contractor, or agent of the business.”

If passed, the bill would give California employees the right to require any CCPA covered business to:

(1) give them a copy of their personal information

(2) delete their personal information

(3) receive details about the collecting and sharing practices of their personal information.

Stay up to date on the status of this bill at https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200AB25

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