In a press release, Harris emphasized that companies doing business in California must prioritize transparency and privacy with their consumers. Bringing in consumers as watchdogs will increase the likelihood that companies observe the laws requiring privacy safeguards, she said.
“By harnessing the power of technology and public-private partnerships, California can continue to lead the nation on privacy protections and adapt as innovations emerge,” Harris said.
Compliance with CalOPPA should be on the radar of any company doing business on the Internet. Enforcement of the law has been a priority for the AG in recent years, and the latest move to empower consumers to make privacy “citizen’s arrests” serves as a reminder that California is serious about the law’s requirements. Noncompliant websites and apps are getting fewer and farther between, according to the FPF study, but that statistic makes it all the more important that a company not be caught red-handed as a violator.