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Justine Phillips

Justine Phillips is a partner in our Firm's North America Intellectual Property & Technology Practice Group.

Cybersecurity threats and risks are increasing each day, and cybercriminals are getting more sophisticated in their attacks. Companies need to ensure that their data security measures keep up with ever-changing regulations and that they have protocols in place to deal with cyber threats, breaches, and ransomware attacks. Retail brands recognize that in an increasingly connected world, cybersecurity should remain a top priority.

On 8 October 2023, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed two bills into law amending the California Consumer Privacy Act. AB 947 classifies citizenship and immigration status as “sensitive personal information” subject to special protections under the CCPA, while AB 1194 strengthens reproductive privacy rights. Both bills carried the unanimous endorsement of the California Privacy Protection Agency. Details for each bill are described below followed by actionable guidance businesses can take to prepare now before these laws go into effect on 1 January 2024.