What are the differences between the GDPR and the CCPA? That’s the big question, isn’t it?
Nowadays, you will find that there are a ton of people who are not really sure how the GDPR and the CCPA actually differ.
Some think that they don’t have any differences. Some others even think that they are too different to compare. Then, of course, there likely are some who think that the two are actually one and the same.
But, that’s not true. The GDPR and the CCPA do have a lot of similarities, as well as many differences. But, they are not at all the same thing.
To know what they are actually about, we need to talk about each of them separately. Let’s start with the GDPR.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been around since 2018.
What the GDPR does is it sets guidelines for the companies who collect data from the people who live in the European Union (EU).
Similarly to the CCPA, European residents can look up things that are of interest to them. Those things will be saved up as data.
European companies collect that data and apply what they learn to their business. That way, their company can grow and become a lot more beneficial to you.
What kind of data does the GDPR target? It’s mainly personal data. This can be:
- Your name
- Your address
- Your date of birth
- Your ethnicity or nationality
Also similarly to the CCPA, EU residents have to be given a number of data disclosures. So what makes the GDPR unique?
Well, the scope is definitely one thing. The EU is a pretty big place. And, the GDPR covers all of it. Those are a lot more places than what the CCPA covers.
The GDPR also includes a lot more than businesses. It also covers:
- Public bodies
- Non-profit organizations
The CCPA on the other hand, is a little different. Let’s take a look at why that is:
The GDPR may cover a lot more than just businesses. But, that’s not really the case for the CCPA.
Most of the time, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) covers just businesses. Plus, there is also a threshold that determines which businesses are affected by this law. That’s not the case for the GDPR.
As for the scope, it is true that the CCPA doesn’t cover as much ground as the GDPR. But, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t cover any significant ground. Don’t do that to California.
As long as a business is located in California, or affects its residents, it has to comply with the CCPA ruleset.
And what about the kind of data that businesses under the CCPA collect. Well, that data is not that different from the one that the businesses under the GDPR collect. It’s mostly personal data.
Another thing that they share in common is that businesses can protect their customers’ data the same way.
What does that mean? Well, all businesses have to do is use BitLocker to protect their customer data. BitLocker will encrypt all of that data and make it accessible to only authorized people.
Plus the management process is super easy. And, that’s thanks to BitTruster. BitTruster makes managing BitLocker encrypted files seem like the easiest job in the world.
So, as you can see, the GDPR and CCPA both have their differences and similarities. But, they are not the same thing.
Keeping Data Safe
Well, there you have it. You now know what the CCPA and the GDPR are. And, you also know how they protect businesses.
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