The news surrounding COVID-19 is continuously changing as most of the nation is adapting to mandatory stay at home orders. With the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) urging individuals to continue implementing social distancing guidelines to help curb the spread of COVID-19 —individuals are spending more time connected to devices as a means to communicate with work, school, friends, and family.

What does this mean for data privacy?

The California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued an alert on Friday April 10, reminding consumers of their data privacy rights during this pandemic. “The reality is that COVID-19 is forcing families to adjust to a new way of living and connecting remotely,” said Attorney General Becerra.

With an immense increase in connectivity to the internet and devices due to work from home orders, including children required to attend class from home, this may result in an increase in consumers exercising their data rights under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).

To read the full statement from the Attorney General click here.