California Governor Gavin Newsom concluded the 2019 legislative session this month by signing into law a number of privacy bills that amend or build on the landmark California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). CCPA amendments were passed in AB 25, AB 874, AB 1146, AB 1355 and AB 1564. The signed bills amend the CCPA to, among other things, exempt personal information collected on employees, job applicants and contractors, exempt personal information collected by motor vehicle dealers and manufacturers under certain circumstances, exclude deidentified and aggregate information from the definition of personal information, and make other changes to fix internal citations and similar issues. The new measures take effect on January 1, 2020, as does the rest of the CCPA.

On January 6, 2020, the California Legislature will reconvene for the second half of its two-year session. It is expected to consider a number of privacy measures, including bills related to facial recognition as well as certain two-year bills introduced in 2019 that may amend the CCPA.

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