The Deadline for Registration of “Data Brokers” in California Is Near: Are You Ready?

    January 2020

    To the surprise of many, last fall the California legislature passed, and the California Governor signed into law, Assembly Bill No. 1202 (A.B. 1202). A.B. 1202 added four new sections to the California Civil Code (Cal. Civ. Code §§ 1798.99.80-88) requiring “data brokers” to register with the California Attorney General’s Office. Given the wording of the law, it was initially expected that the data broker registration requirement would not go into effect until 2021. However, the California Attorney General’s Office has created the registry and is taking the position that organizations that qualify as data brokers must register on or before January 31, 2020.