[VIDEO] What is the CCPA & Does it Apply to Background Checks?

California Consumer Privacy Act

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The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which gives California residents new privacy rights regarding their personal information, affects companies both inside and outside California.

Watch this video to see how this sweeping data privacy law impacts, and doesn’t impact, an employer’s relationship with GoodHire and the screening services we provide.


The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) goes into effect January 1, 2020. In this video, learn what the CCPA is and whether the provisions of the CCPA apply to your relationship with GoodHire.

Under the CCPA, California residents have a number of new rights related to their personal information. Find out how the law impacts, and doesn’t impact, your relationship with GoodHire and the screening services we provide.

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Video Transcript

If you operate in California, you’ve heard about CCPA, or the California Consumer Privacy Act. If you don’t operate in California, you’ve still probably heard about it, because it’s a sweeping data privacy law that will have a tremendous impact on business operations for companies across the country—yes, even those not located in California. 

Now, CCPA comes into effect January 1, 2020, so we at GoodHire wanted to take a few minutes to give you the down and dirty on the law, so that you can understand how it impacts, and doesn’t impact, your relationship with GoodHire and the screening services we provide you.

Under the CCPA, California residents have a number of new rights related to their personal information. They have the right to opt out of the sale of their personal identifying information (PII); they have the right to know what PII businesses have on them; they have the right to request deletion of PII; and the list goes on. There are also a lot of new legal obligations for businesses under the law related to how they notify individuals that information may be sold, what language must be included in a contract for services if PII is to be transferred, etc. 

Well, I have good news. Under the CCPA, any personal information being provided to us for the purposes of producing a background check? It’s exempt from CCPA requirements. This means our customers do not need to enter into service provider addendums with us in order to ensure their transfer to us, and our transfer back, of candidate information is not considered a “sale” of personal information. 

Said differently, the provisions of CCPA that apply to your relationship with GoodHire, and our role as a steward of data, are limited to data security and protection, which we take seriously. With SOC2 Type II certification and accreditation by the Professional Background Screeners Association, both of which have rigorous data security requirements, you’re in good hands. 

If you have further questions about CCPA, let us know. As always, we’ve got you covered. 

Disclaimer

The resources provided here are for educational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. We advise you to consult your own counsel if you have legal questions related to your specific practices and compliance with applicable laws.


About the Author

As GoodHire’s managing editor, Sara Korolevich produces educational resources for employers on a variety of employment screening topics, including compliance and screening best practices, and writes about GoodHire’s company and product news. Sara’s experience stems from 20+ years working as a B2C and B2B PR and communications professional.

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