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    March 11, 2019

    A new proposal to modify the state privacy law that is still being modified will create a litigation nightmare, the California Chamber of Commerce warned this week.

    The bill, SB 561 (Jackson; D-Santa Barbara), was introduced on February 22 to expand the reasons a consumer may file a civil lawsuit to enforce the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).

    The CCPA was rushed through the legislative process in the summer of 2018 without the benefit of input from numerous crucial stakeholders and as a result is deeply flawed. A CalChamber-led coalition worked on legislation passed last year to fix some of the problems with the CCPA and is continuing to seek more adjustments to make the law more workable before it goes into effect on January 1, 2020.

    In a February 25 press release, the CalChamber said SB 561 proposes to add significant costs to small business employers.

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