Understanding GDPR and CCPA: What IT Professionals Need to Know

This blog post provides an overview of GDPR and CCPA, two major regulations affecting how businesses collect and process personal data.

9/15/2022 1 min read

Understanding GDPR and CCPA: What IT Professionals Need to Know

If you work in the legal field, you're likely aware of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). These two regulations are having a major impact on how businesses collect and process personal data. This blog post will give IT professionals an overview of these regulations and what they need to know to help legal comply with the policy.

What is GDPR?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a set of regulations that member states of the European Union must implement to protect their citizens' personal data. The regulation came into force on May 25, 2018, and organizations that do not comply with GDPR can be fined up to 4% of their global annual revenue or €20 million (whichever is greater).

GDPR applies to any organization that processes the personal data of individuals in the EU, regardless of whether the organization is based inside or outside the EU. This means that even if your organization is based in the United States, but you have customers or employees in the EU, you must still comply with GDPR.

What is CCPA?

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) is a law that was passed by the state of California in 2018. It gives Californian consumers the right to know what personal information is being collected about them, the right to have that information deleted, and the right to opt-out of its sale. The law applies to any for-profit business that collects or sells the personal information of Californians, regardless of whether the business is based inside or outside the state.

Like GDPR, CCPA applies to many organizations, including companies in the tech sector, retailers, financial institutions, and more. However, unlike GDPR, CCPA does not apply to nonprofits or other businesses.

There are several significant differences between the GDPR and CCPA. However, one thing they have in common is that they both require businesses to take steps to protect the personal data of individuals. If you work in an industry that collects or processes personal data, then you must understand these regulations and take steps to ensure compliance. Failure to do so could result in significant fines or other penalties.