The California Privacy Protection Agency (“CPPA”) held a board meeting on May 26th, 2022. At the meeting, Executive Director Ashkan Soltani, Acting General Counsel Brian Soublet, and members of the Board offered insight into the following key topics:
- Bifurcation of CPRA Rulemaking Process: The Board’s CPRA Rules Subcommittee indicated that the CPPA’s rulemaking process will be split across multiple packages of rules. The first rulemaking package will prioritize procedural rules that must be put in place prior to the commencement of enforcement activities on July 1st, 2022. It will include draft rules related to administrative enforcement, the CPPA’s audit authority, and probable cause hearings. It will not include rules covering cybersecurity audits, privacy risk assessments, or automated decision making and profiling. Subsequent rulemaking packages will address those three topics and potentially others as well. The Board members did not give any indication as to how this divided rulemaking process might impact the timeline for completion of rulemaking.
- CPPA Rulemaking Process: The Board’s Rulemaking Process Subcommittee presented a loose overview of the CPPA’s public meeting schedule for the upcoming rulemaking (slides here).
- The Board will discuss the rules in greater depth at a second meeting, which the Board decided should be scheduled to allow public comment. One of the Board’s objectives at this meeting will be to identify areas of uncertainty where public comment would be particularly helpful.
- Additional meetings will be held as needed to facilitate Board discussion of changes and updates to the proposed rules. These meetings may include presentations by experts and CPPA staff.
- Once this revision process has concluded, the Board will hold a final meeting to discuss the Final Statement of Reasons and vote to approve the filing of the package of rules with the California Office of Administrative Law.
- Updates to CCPA Rules: The Board’s Update of CCPA Rules Subcommittee discussed efforts to update CCPA rules to bring them in line with the CPRA. These revisions will amend existing rules to integrate new consumer rights, dark pattern requirements, and definitional changes introduced by the CPRA. They may also reorganize parts of the existing regulations to make them more readable to businesses and members of the public.
- CPPA Operations and Internal Management The agency is staffing up, including by hiring Maureen Mahoney, formerly of Consumer Reports, as Deputy Director of Policy and Legislation.
At the close of the meeting, Board members indicated an intent to revisit the role of subject-matter subcommittees and consider the substance of proposed rules in subsequent meetings.