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Hello all, and happy Thursday!  

Big news at Osano! We have a new role for a Senior Privacy Program Manager. This role is perfect for someone who has experience consulting and helping customers build effective, fully-automated privacy processes. If you think you would be a good fit, you can learn more and apply here. 

There’s also big news happening in the broader world of data privacy. 

Last week, our newsletter’s intro discussed how California regulators were signaling that they intended to ramp up enforcement in 2024. The ink wasn’t even dry before that proved to be the case.In what is the second-ever enforcement action of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), California Attorney General Rob Bonta has announced his office’s action against DoorDash. 

You may remember the Sephora enforcement action, in which the makeup retailer was hit with a $1.2 million penalty. This action features some of the same violations. Specifically, DoorDash was penalized for selling California customers' personal information as part of a marketing cooperative without providing notice or an opportunity to opt out of that sale. 

 This marketing cooperative allowed participating businesses to contribute their customers’ personal information and, in exchange, enabled the businesses to advertise products to each others’ customers. As a result, DoorDash:  

  • Received a $375K fine. 
  • Was ordered to comply with the CCPA and CalOPPA (the California Online Privacy Protection Act). 
  • Must review its contracts with marketing and analytics vendors and its use of technology when selling/sharing consumer personal information. 
  • Must provide annual reports to the attorney general. 

Here’s what AG Bonta had to say in a press release: 

“DoorDash’s participation in a marketing cooperative is a sale under the CCPA and violates its customers’ rights under our landmark state privacy law. As my office has stressed time and time again, businesses must disclose when they are selling personal information and offer Californians a way to opt out of that sale. I hope today’s settlement serves as a wakeup call to businesses: The CCPA has been in effect for over four years now, and businesses must comply with this important privacy law. Violations cannot be cured, and my office will hold businesses accountable if they sell data without protecting consumers’ rights.” 

Stern stuff! You can find the link to the press release in this week’s privacy stories. 



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