CCPA: Keep on Keeping On

The California Consumer Protection Act, or CCPA goes into effect on January 1, 2020 and yesterday I learned about three companies and where their compliance projects are, and the status does not look very good. One had been in analysis paralysis since January, and can’t decide to build or buy, another has purchased the best solution that I have taken a very serious look at (Collibra), but while they have a few people on their team who can do some of the needed tasks – they do not have the strategic planner who understands both technical and business aspects and how to get the project to the finish line. The third company is about one quarter behind where LendUp is – and they are at least asking all the right questions and seem like they could be ready by January 1 – but we are almost in the 4th quarter and time is ticking.

Two companies asked me outright if I would join them to help them with their CCPA efforts, and LinkedIn is full of such jobs. All of this makes me very happy – because things have unfolded in 2020 exactly as I had envisioned it would – and I saw this clearly last October when my previous visionless boss told me that the Data Catalog that I built and which was received with great fanfare was basically no longer needed – leaving me in the lurch.

I had fun having the last laugh this past week, and it just proves that sometimes you have to believe in yourself even when the people who used to rely on you for advice turn against you. As they say you have to “Keep on Keeping on”.

This article is right on and defines exactly what my strategy has been all along:

Prepping For The Worst Is The Best Approach To The California Consumer Privacy Act

What I found out yesterday is that many companies are waiting and hoping for the best – that the CCPA will be watered down or that they will get some kind of exemption. That’s a total fools game – because if just some of the worst possible cases happen – they will be in seriously bad shape starting on New Years Day next year. Tooling up to comply is not fast or easy. It makes Y2K look like a joke.

This is going to be one of those things where the medicine is bitter – but that in the long run it is the best thing for you. Yes, its a pain in the ass – but the cost savings that companies can achieve as they go through the process of learning how to make personal data secure and give consumers control over their personal data will end up being the best win – win situation for all.

For me its a whole new IT industry that I predict will carry me until I retire in 7 – 10 years, and because I was an Oracle DBA for 20+ years, its right up my alley – I am already as much an expert technically and business wise as you can get – I am right at the right place at the right time.

Its was a great (work) week!

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