In an effort to protect personal data, the state of California has just passed one of the strictest data privacy laws in the country.

The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 will regulate how companies store data. It will also require them to disclose the types of data they collect and allow consumers to opt out of having their data sold.

Similar to The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) law within the European Union, this legislation will give consumers more control over their personal information and ensure companies are following the proper data procedures when it comes to collection, processing, and storage.

This will surely come as welcome news for California residents after the recent data breaches from some of the largest companies in the country, including Equifax in 2017, that affected over 100 million Americans.