This blog post has been updated to account for additional information related to the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) ballot initiative released following original publication of this post.
On Friday, June 19, 2020, the Superior Court of California issued a ruling that paved the way for Californians to see the CPRA on the ballot in November. In its ruling, the court recognized that Alastair Mactaggart, the individual responsible for both the CCPA and the CPRA, sometimes referred to as “CCPA 2.0,” was “confronted with numerous obstacles unique to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
As a result, the ruling will allow Mactaggart to remedy certain procedural deficiencies related to a random sampling process by certain counties that were not met, which would have jeopardized the ability for the CPRA ballot initiative to be included on the November ballot.
As of the publication of this blog post, the CPRA needed fewer than 50,000 signatures to meet the certification requirement and automatically be qualified on the November ballot, and three counties still have not reported their signature counts (San Diego, San Mateo and Placer). On the evening of June 24, the California secretary of state confirmed that the CPRA ballot initiative garnered enough signatures to remedy the procedural deficiencies and will be on the ballot in November.
If passed, the CPRA will amend certain sections of the CCPA in phases, starting Jan. 1, 2021.