Meet the CCPA! Employers’ Most Frequently Asked Questions About the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) — Series 1, Question 3
April 22, 2019
Authored by: Sarah Bhagwandin, David Zetoony and Steve Evans
Question: Do the terms “personal data” and “personal information” mean the same thing?
HR professionals who are responsible for bringing the employer into compliance with the CCPA need to know that there is no one definition of “personal information” or “personal data” and the meaning of those terms differs depending upon the context and the type of law at issue.
Only the term “personal information” is defined within the CCPA. As is discussed in Q-2 that term refers to any information that “identifies, relates to, describes, is capable of being associated with, or could reasonably be linked, directly or indirectly, with a particular consumer or household.” That said, the term “personal data” is used instead of the term “personal information” within the CCPA’s definition of “processing” which is defined as “any operation or set of operations that are performed on personal data . . .