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California to classify immigration or citizenship status as sensitive personal information.

In Mumbai, a bill signed by Governor Gavin Newsom in October is set to take effect on January 1, 2024. This bill brings changes to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) by expanding the definition of “sensitive personal information” to include a consumer’s citizenship or immigration status.

According to the law firm Jackson Lewis, the CCPA grants consumers specific rights concerning their personal information, such as enhanced notice, access, and disclosure; the right to deletion; the right to restrict information sale; and protection against discrimination for exercising these rights. The California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) amended the CCPA, introducing a new category of “sensitive personal information” and establishing rights related to its use, specifically restricting businesses from utilizing such information. San Francisco-based law firm Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass points out that the CPRA imposes special restrictions on the collection, use, and disclosure of sensitive personal information, advising businesses collecting citizenship or immigration data to update their privacy policies and review their handling of such information.

The CPRA’s scope extends to employee information, cautioning businesses subject to the CPRA with California-based employees to update their employee privacy notices and potentially adjust procedures for collecting and processing employee information.

Source: MSN