If you would like to learn more about the California Online Privacy Protection Act
also know as CalOPPA, then here are some areas to check out and where we have pulled most of our information:
"July 1, 2004, the California Online Privacy Protection Act of 2003 goes into effect, with far-reaching implications, particularly for operators of small commercial web sites. Privacy advocates hail it as a major victory. But while the provisions of the act outline excellent privacy practices for e-commerce sites, the fact that a state can pass a law affecting any web site doing business with customers in that state is a devastating precedent that could potentially mean dramatic increases in the cost of doing business online.
The law requires all owners of commercial Web sites or online services that collect personal information from California residents to:
- Conspicuously post their privacy policies on their websites and comply with those posted policies. The law lays out very specific guidelines as to what constitutes "conspicuously".
- Disclose in the privacy policies the types of personally identifiable information (that information which allows a visitor to be individually identified, such as name, e-mail, physical address, etc.) collected, and must identify, generally, any third parties with whom that information might be shared, and under what circumstances.
- Provide a description of the process (if one exists), by which a visitor can request changes to any of that information.
Violators will be notified and given 30 days to comply. Those who still fail to comply would be subject to civil suit for unfair business practices."