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Talking Law at DragonCon

Its not often that a Lawyer is asked to speak at a convention full of Stormtroopers, Klingons, and Ghostbusters but that’s exactly what happened this Labor Day Weekend in Atlanta when Daniels Law LLC’s own Ron Daniels spoke on a panel at DragonCon.

DragonCon is a 4 day 24 hour a day celebration of pop culture, movies, comics, art, music, cartoons, literature and much more. Beginning in 1987 DragonCon has become the world’s largest multi-media, pop culture convention.

Programming at the convention is set up on different programming tracks, for example Trek Track for Star Trek. One of those tracks is the Electronic Frontiers Forum which covers pressing issues of the day at the intersection of technology, law, activism, and our own personal liberties.

Ron Daniels joined Hayley Tsukayama and Erica Portnoy to discuss the upcoming California Consumer Privacy Act (which goes into effect in 2020) and its potential as a model for the rest of the country.

The intentions of the Act are to provide California residents with the right to:

Know what personal data is being collected about them.

Know whether their personal data is sold or disclosed and to whom.

Say no to the sale of personal data.

Access their personal data.

Request a business delete any personal information about a consumer collected from that consumer.

Not be discriminated against for exercising their privacy rights.

The law is similar in many aspects to the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that went into effect on May 25, 2018. The Act broadly expands the rights of California residents and requires covered businesses to comply with strict requirements on how they collect, use, and disclose “personal information” of California residents.

The CCPA has the potential to become a template for a Federal privacy law, or for one or more States enacting their own version. A benefit of a Federal law would be the express preemption of state privacy laws. Conflicting state privacy laws could impose a ruinous burden on businesses engaged in interstate commerce.

Due to the circumstances surrounding the passing of the bill, the text is subject to change up until its 2020 institution date. Privacy advocates and tech giants remain locked in head-to-head battle over clauses outlined in the California privacy law.

While some groups are fighting for stricter requirements and more expansive consumer rights, others are working to produce loopholes in the law.

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