Yes, there are exceptions under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) that startups might overlook. These exceptions can impact how a startup processes personal information, offering certain flexibilities within the law.

Understanding these exceptions is crucial for ensuring compliance while efficiently managing resources.

What personal information does not fall under CCPA regulations?

The CCPA does not cover all types of personal information.

Publicly available information, for example, is exempt from the CCPA. This means data lawfully obtained from government records, which is made public by the government, does not fall under the act’s restrictions.

Additionally, personal information used for specific business-to-business (B2B) transactions and certain medical information governed by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) are also exempt. These exceptions can reduce the compliance burden for startups engaged in these areas.

For startups, understanding the exemptions related to employee information under the CCPA is essential.

Until January 1, 2023, personal information collected from job applicants, employees, business owners, directors, officers, medical staff, or contractors of a business is not subject to the same CCPA rights as consumer information.

This gives startups a transition period to adjust their internal policies for handling employee data in accordance with CCPA requirements. However, businesses are still required to inform employees about the categories of personal information being collected and the purposes for which it will be used.

For more information on how to comply with the CCPA, refer to our comprehensive CCPA Compliance Guide for Tech Startups.


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