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California data privacy law creates complications beyond GDPR compliance

Joe Mont | July 23, 2018

To hear some analysts and compliance experts describe it, California’s new Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 is “essentially GDPR-lite,” a scaled back version of the Europeans tough, new data privacy protections.

In many respects, the General Data Protection Regulation is, on the surface, a more complicated bit of legislation, and one with more moving parts to consider within its 99 Articles. By comparison, California’s law does, indeed, seem far more streamlined.

Appearances, however, can be deceiving, warns John Tsopanis, privacy product manager for, a purveyor of network mapping and automated data discovery software solutions. “If we are talking from an American company’s point of view, I honestly believe that California’s new law is more stringent and forces more work to be done by those companies than European companies are required to do under GDPR,” he says. “This is earth-shattering, groundbreaking legislation. The implications of it, and the work that...

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