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CCPA, Modified Regulations May Have Far-Reaching web Accessibility Implications

Feb 13, 2020 5:54:00 PM

Late last week, the California Attorney General’s office published modified proposed regulations to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) that may have significant impacts on businesses that are subject to the CCPA.  The proposed modifications include a new requirement that CCPA-covered businesses providing CCPA privacy notices and information online must ensure that such notices are “reasonably accessible to consumers” pursuant to industry standards “such as” the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), version 2.1.

“The modifications to the proposed CCPA regulations may have broader implications than just accessibility of the online privacy notices and information.  For businesses covered by the CCPA, they should consider whether their sites are accessible for people with disabilities in order to even access those notices,” said Raegan Bartlo, spokesperson at User1st.  “CCPA-covered businesses should ensure that they understand that site accessibility and user experience in reaching the CCPA privacy notices and information may be a much bigger hurdle than just making the notices themselves accessible in accordance with the WCAG.”

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Written by Raegan Bartlo