The past several years have been marked by numerous high-profile data breaches that seem to be happening with increasing frequency and scope. Given the unprecedented participation in digital platforms and the unparalleled amount of personal data that today’s tech companies store, government regulation and oversight felt inevitable.
As a result, governments around the world have begun implementing privacy regulations that significantly impact the ways that companies collect data, communicate with consumers and compete with other entities.
While Europe’s expansive General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rightly gets the most attention, California’s like-minded law is poised to go into effect at the start of 2020. California’s Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) will bring privacy legislation to Silicon Valley’s backyard, and it will have a significant impact on the way companies handle personal data.
This is especially noteworthy for companies engaged in employee monitoring, and as a provider of employee monitoring software, I’m paying close attention to these developments. Despite considerable lobbying from tech companies, CCPA covers much of the data collected on employees, especially through monitoring initiatives.
Therefore, whether evaluating employee productivity or guarding against insider threats, every company needs to incorporate employee privacy into its plans.
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