California Shredding Laws

California Civil Code - SB 1386

An act to amend, renumber, and add Section 1798.82 of, and to add Section 1798.29 to, the Civil Code, relating to personal information.

SEC 3. 1978-84

(a) Any customer injured by a violation of this title may institute a civil action to recover damages.
(b) Any business that violates, proposes to violate, or has violated this title may be enjoined.
(c) The rights and remedies available under this section are cumulative to each other and to any other rights and remedies available under law.

Civil Code Section 1798.80

Defines the following: business, records, customer, individual, personal information as application to this title.

Civil Code Section 1798.81

"A business shall take all reasonable steps to destroy, or arrange for the destruction of a customer's records within its custody or control containing personal information which is no longer to be retained by the business by (1) shredding, (2) erasing, or (3) otherwise modifying the personal informaiton in those records to make it unreadable through any means."

Civil Code Section 1798.81.5

California legislature makes the statement that it is NOT on the side of business regarding the safety and security of customers personal information. "(a) It is the intent of the Legislature to ensure that personal information about California residents is protected."

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