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I am interested but do not live in California. How can I help?

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You should definitely still join the Data Dividend Project! For example, we just informed Illinois residents about the $650 million Facebook biometric privacy class action settlement, which could result in up to $400 per qualified Illinois resident.

The CCPA only applies to California residents; however, many tech companies have incorporated the CCPA into their terms and conditions and privacy policies for all Americans.

The DDP is working to enforce data-as-a-property rights for California residents in our first stage. However, Maine and Nevada have already passed similar bills and 10 other states have similar bills-in-committee that are being considered.  The DDP will work hard to see that similar laws are passed in other states, and potentially on the federal level.

For those outside of California, once your state passes legislation that grants you your rights, we will notify you (provided you’ve signed-up with DDP).

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What is the California Consumer Privacy Act?

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The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) is a state law that provides comprehensive data ownership and privacy rights. In general, it protects the personal information of California residents by bestowing certain consumer rights and by regulating businesses in regards to the collection, sharing, and selling of consumer information; it also restricts the sale of personal information of minors.

The CCPA became effective on January 1, 2020 and began enforcement on July 1, 2020.

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What are my rights under the CCPA?

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First, the consumer has the right to know i.e. he/she can request that the company confirm whether it has his/her personal information, the type of information, and the categories of sources from which that information was collected, among other things. The consumer can exercise his/her right to know by asking for a copy of the information and in doing so, triggers his/her right of data portability meaning that the company must deliver the information by mail or electronically, and if the latter, must convey the information in a format that allows the consumer to transmit it to another entity.

Second, the consumer has the right to delete. This right refers to the consumer’s ability to request that the company delete his/her personal information except in certain circumstances such as where the retention of information is necessary to complete a transaction/contract with the consumer or where retention is necessary to protect against fraudulent or illegal activity.

Third, the consumer has the right to opt-out which refers to the right to opt out from the business selling his/her personal information to third parties.

Fourth, the consumer has the right of non-discrimination, which means the consumer cannot be treated differently for exercising his/her privacy rights.

Finally, a consumer can designate an “authorized agent” to exercise his/her rights under the CCPA. DDP wants to be your “authorized agent.” This final element of an authorized data agent is exactly how DDP seeks to help fight for your data rights.

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Do I have to sign up with DDP to exercise my rights under the CCPA?

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No. You can exercise your rights under the CCPA in one of three ways: 1) through DDP at your authorized agent, 2) individually, or 3) through a lawyer or another “authorized agent”.

If you exercise your rights through DDP, you will have a team of world-class lawyers advocating on your behalf. Once you designate DDP as your “authorized agent”, there will be little you need to do.

You can also exercise your rights individually. Since the CCPA came into effect on January 1, 2020, most technology companies have changed their privacy policies to describe how to exercise your CCPA rights. However, it will take time and effort to wade through the details of each and every technology company’s privacy policies (see, for example, donotsell.org).

Finally, you can always search for a lawyer or another authorized agent to help you exercise your CCPA rights.

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What is DDP asking for exactly?

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We are asking you to sign a written authorization giving DDP the authority to act as your authorized agent to exercise your legal rights under the CCPA. Please note that this written authorization enables DDP to act legally on your behalf in a limited area--only as it concerns your data rights.

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Can I revoke my authorization after it has been submitted to the DDP?

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Yes. You can revoke your authorization at any time by clicking here. However, the more authorizations DDP has, the more bargaining leverage we will have with the technology companies. That’s why we ask you to commit to leaving your authorization with DDP until at least August, 2021.

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Do I have to pay anything?

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You do not have to pay anything upfront. We are committed to fighting for your rights but we require a minimum budget to keep the fight going. We are currently assessing a few options, including retaining a percentage of the final dollar amount that we recover, but only to help cover DDP's costs.

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Will there be lawsuits?

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It depends on how the technology companies react. No lawsuit will be filed without first obtaining your consent. We are committed to pursuing a diplomatic approach before advancing to litigation. You can read more about our principles and approach here.

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Is this USA only?

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Yes, unfortunately for now.

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Can I only get paid if I have PayPal?

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At this time, yes. We chose PayPal to start with because it was easy to implement and uses your email address, which allows us to collect less information from you. We intend to roll out other payment options in the future if they are cost-effective and easy to implement.