You’ve probably noticed a lot of different notices when you first visit a website. “Do you accept our cookies” and messages about GDPR and CCPA pop up everywhere. As a consumer, these messages are there to give you notice that you have some basic rights around how your data used. You may not know that as a business, your website may need to comply with these acts as well. Today, I’ll try to give you some basic information on both GDPR and CCPA.
GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation. It was instated by the European Union as data protection for their citizens. At its highest level, it’s a set of guidelines for companies to follow when maintaining and using user data. Check out the GDPR Wiki page for more details.
CCPA stands for California Consumer Privacy Act. Of course, California being the forward-thinking state it is would already be ahead of US government when it comes to providing protection for its residents. CCPA has a lot of the same goals as GDPR but is applied differently as there are a few thresholds that must be met before compliance is required. Check out the CCPA Wiki page for more details.
Consumers as well as governments are becoming more aware of how their data is stored and used. As our world becomes even more digital, it is important for regulations like GDPR and CCPA to be in place to provide consumer protections. You and your company should take consumer data protection seriously and understand that it can take months to gain trust but one data breach can break that trust almost instantly.
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