In January 2020, a new law in California will come into effect that allows consumers to have more control over the data companies can collect. The new bill allows consumers to know what data is being collected from them, why it is being collected and where that data is being shared. Consumers will also have the right to ask to have that data deleted. What does this mean for businesses that collect data?
What Does the New Law Mean For Businesses in California?
If a company collects the data of over 50,000 people or more, it falls under the guidelines of this new law. For example, if a customer of Netflix wants to know all of the shows they watch and how many hours per week they spend on the streaming platform, Netflix technically has to disclose that information to them.
What Does this Mean for Security Alarm Monitoring?
Central station alarm monitoring companies in the state of California most likely fall under the guidelines of this new law. Especially if there are over 50,000 customers who are being monitored. Customers now have the right to ask about their data that is being collected, but perhaps more importantly, it makes the central station alarm company far more susceptible to lawsuits in the event of a data breach. It is important to keep you and your customers data secure and make sure your company know about the latest ways hackers are attempting to breach your data.
In an interview conducted by the New York Times, Julie Brill, Microsoft’s chief privacy officer said “we need to ensure that companies share the burden to protect individual data in the United States.” She also added “that means things like requiring companies to assess the data that they have and to make sure that they’re adequately protecting it.”
Does the New Law Give Employees in California Added Protection?
Sort of. As of January 1st, businesses will be required to provide contractors and employees a notice that speaks to the privacy that employees give up working at the business. Don’t be alarmed though. This usually speaks about monitoring workplace compliance, industry secrets, harassment and the like. Before this law was passed, this was something that businesses simply didn’t have to do.
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