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Microsoft Supports CCPA, But Wants It To Be Even Stronger: Data Privacy Trends

We’re getting closer and closer to the deadline for the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which is scheduled to go into effect on January 1 next year, even though there is still a lot to be determined with regard how companies must comply.  At least one major corporation supports the new law.  But, that company also wants to see it strengthened.

As reported in Legaltech News® (Microsoft’s Top Privacy Lawyer Says CCPA Should Be Strengthened, written by Phillip Bantz), Microsoft Corp. chief privacy lawyer Julie Brill wrote in a blog post published Monday that the CCPA “marks an important step toward providing people with more robust control over their data in the United States. It also shows that we can make progress to strengthen privacy protections in this country at the state level even when Congress can’t or won’t act.”

Brill voiced Microsoft’s commitment to security by stating: “We are strong supporters of California’s new law and the expansion of privacy protections in the United States that it represents. Our approach to privacy starts with the belief that privacy is a fundamental human right and includes our commitment to provide robust protection for every individual. This is why, in 2018, we were the first company to voluntarily extend the core data privacy rights included in the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to customers around the world, not just to those in the EU who are covered by the regulation. Similarly, we will extend CCPA’s core rights for people to control their data to all our customers in the U.S.”

Brill, who serves as Microsoft’s corporate vice president and deputy general counsel for global privacy and regulatory affairs, went on to argue that the CCPA should be strengthened “by placing more robust accountability requirements on companies.”

For instance, businesses should have to minimize the amount of personal data that they keep, specify how and why they are collecting that data and be “more responsible for analyzing and improving data systems to ensure that they use personal data appropriately,” she wrote.

Brill added “we are calling upon policymakers in other states and in Congress to build upon the progress made by California and go further by incorporating robust requirements that will make companies more responsible for the data they collect and use, and other key rights from GDPR.  More requirements for companies, together with the rights and tools for people to control their data, will prevent placing the privacy burden solely on the individual, and will provide layers of data protection that are appropriate for the digital age.”

Apple CEO Tim Cook also previously called on Congress to pass comprehensive data-privacy regulation.  They’re not busy with anything else right now, are they?  ;o)

So, what do you think?  Are you surprised that Microsoft has been such a strong advocate of GDPR and CCPA?  Please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.

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