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(l-r) Philip N. Yannella, Kim Phan, and Gregory Szewczyk, with Ballard Spahr. (l-r) Philip N. Yannella, Kim Phan, and Gregory Szewczyk, with Ballard Spahr.

Earlier this year, California became the first state in the country to provide a private cause of action for victims of a data breach. The private right of action is a key provision in the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)—which became effective on Jan. 1, 2020—and allows California residents whose personal information is “subject to an unauthorized access and exfiltration, theft, or disclosure as a result of the business’ violation of the duty to implement and maintain reasonable security procedures and practices” to seek damages of $100-$750, per incident.

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