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CCPA vs GDPR: Global Compliance Guide [Infographic]

It's natural that there will be new legislation to protect customer data in a world where data is the most important resource. With more data scandal storeys than ever before reported by media outlets, users are constantly aware of data collection and how it impacts them. With this in mind, enforcement laws foster data protection and consent rights for users.

In a world where data is the most valuable resource, it’s logical that there will be new regulations to protect consumer data. With media outlets covering more data scandal stories than ever, consumers are increasingly more aware of data collection and how it affects them. With this in mind, global compliance regulations support consumer rights to data privacy and consent.

Two such regulations are the EU’s GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation, in effect May 25, 2018) and the CCPA (California Consumer Privacy Act, in effect January 1, 2020). These are two of the first regulations that directly impact data collection, use, and storage on a widespread scale. 

Understanding the impact of GDPR and CCPA regulations is crucial for global compliance today—and in the future. In fact, these regulations foreshadow a certain trend toward data collection and management: More governing bodies will implement privacy and consent regulations with heftier repercussions for noncompliance.

To help you understand how these regulations can affect you, here’s an overview of GDPR vs CCPA.

Similarities and Differences: CCPA vs GDPR 

Here are the most notable similarities between the CCPA and the GDPR:

  • Where are these in effect? Anywhere within the government’s jurisdiction.
  • Who do the laws protect? Any residents of this jurisdiction.
  • When is a business responsible? Anytime they interact with the data of a resident.
  • What rights do customers have over their data? Both CCPA and GDPR compliance rules allow users the right to access, correct, stop the processing of, and delete their data.

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Here are the most notable differences between CCPA and GDPR compliance:

  • Who do the laws affect? Any business that collects data from these residents, regardless of where the business is based. The GDPR does not look at the size of the business when implementing its regulations. The CCPA, however, requires businesses to be a certain size or possess a certain amount of data before the law will be enforced.
  • How are compliance violations punished? Directly through fines and indirectly through the media and public relations. Fines accrued via the GDPR are linked to and capped based on a company’s annual revenue, whereas CCPA fines have no ceiling and are assessed on a per violation basis.
  • How do consumers opt-in/out? Prior to collecting data, the GDPR requires that businesses ask consumers to opt-in. The CCPA takes a slightly less intensive approach, requiring that businesses allow users to opt-out of collection.
  • How are third-party transfers affected? The CCPA requires that you give a customer notice before the sale and transfer of their data, so that they may stop it. The GDPR requires explicit consent from customers before third-party processing or transfers occur.

For more tips on CCPA and GDPR compliance, check out the infographic by LoginRadius.

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Rakesh Soni

Written by Rakesh Soni

Entrepreneur by Work. Artist by ❤️. Engineer by Trade. Human Being. Feminist. Proud Indian. CEO/Co-founder at LoginRadius, securing 1B+ IDs worldwide.

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