California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)

What is the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)?

The California Consumer Privacy Act is a state privacy law that was signed by Governor Jerry Brown on June 28, 2018 and became effective on January 1, 2020.

What does the CCPA do?

It grants consumers rights with respect to their personal information that is collected by businesses and requires businesses to be transparent regarding how they use consumer personal data.

Who does the CCPA apply to?

Generally, the CCPA applies to businesses that collect and/or use the Personal Information of California residents. 

Does the CCPA apply to UC Berkeley?

As a not-for-profit educational institution, UC Berkeley is exempt from the requirements of the CCPA.  However, in instances where UC Berkeley partners with for-profit entities for commercial purposes or engages in for-profit ventures, such programs or activities may be subject to the CCPA.   If you are unsure as to whether or not a particular UC Berkeley program or activity is subject to the CCPA, please contact the UC Berkeley Privacy Office at

What are my rights as a California resident under the CCPA in regards to how businesses collect and use my personal information?

  • The right to know what consumer personal information is collected about you by businesses

  • The right to know whether your personal information is sold or disclosed and to whom such information is sold or disclosed

  • The right to say no to the sale your of personal information

  • The right to access your personal information

  • The right to equal service and price if you invoke your privacy rights.

What "personal information" is protected by the CCPA

  • Identifiers, such as name, alias, postal adresss, unique personal identifier, online identifiers, IP address, email address, account name, Social Security Number, driver's license number, passport number or other similar identifiers

  • Characteristics of protected classifications under California law

  • Commercial informations such as consumer purchase history

  • Biometric information

  • Internet or other electronic activity history, such as browsing history, search history, a consumer's interactions with a web site, application or advertisement

  • Geolocation data

  • Audio, electronic, visual, thermal, olfactory or similary information

  • Professional or employment-related information

  • Education information, that is not publicly available, including information protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

  • Inferences that can be drawn from any of the information categories listed above to create a profile reflecting the characteristics, consumer preferences, psychological trends, predispositions, behavior, attititudes, integlligence, abilities or aptitudes of an individual


For questions relating to CCPA and its impact at UCB, please contact the Privacy Office (link sends e-mail)