§ 7026. Requests to Opt-Out.
11 CA ADC § 7026Barclays Official California Code of Regulations
11 CCR § 7026
§ 7026. Requests to Opt-Out.
(a) A business shall provide two or more designated methods for submitting requests to opt-out, including an interactive form accessible via a clear and conspicuous link titled “Do Not Sell My Personal Information,” on the business's website or mobile application. Other acceptable methods for submitting these requests include, but are not limited to, a toll-free phone number, a designated email address, a form submitted in person, a form submitted through the mail, and user-enabled global privacy controls, such as a browser plug-in or privacy setting, device setting, or other mechanism, that communicate or signal the consumer's choice to opt-out of the sale of their personal information.
(b) A business shall consider the methods by which it interacts with consumers, the manner in which the business sells personal information to third parties, available technology, and ease of use by the consumer when determining which methods consumers may use to submit requests to opt-out. At least one method offered shall reflect the manner in which the business primarily interacts with the consumer.
(c) If a business collects personal information from consumers online, the business shall treat user-enabled global privacy controls, such as a browser plug-in or privacy setting, device setting, or other mechanism, that communicate or signal the consumer's choice to opt-out of the sale of their personal information as a valid request submitted pursuant to Civil Code section 1798.120 for that browser or device, or, if known, for the consumer.
(2) If a global privacy control conflicts with a consumer's existing business-specific privacy setting or their participation in a business's financial incentive program, the business shall respect the global privacy control but may notify the consumer of the conflict and give the consumer the choice to confirm the business-specific privacy setting or participation in the financial incentive program.
(e) A business shall comply with a request to opt-out as soon as feasibly possible, but no later than 15 business days from the date the business receives the request. If a business sells a consumer's personal information to any third parties after the consumer submits their request but before the business complies with that request, it shall notify those third parties that the consumer has exercised their right to opt-out and shall direct those third parties not to sell that consumer's information.
(f) A consumer may use an authorized agent to submit a request to opt-out on the consumer's behalf if the consumer provides the authorized agent written permission signed by the consumer. A business may deny a request from an authorized agent if the agent cannot provide to the business the consumer's signed permission demonstrating that they have been authorized by the consumer to act on the consumer's behalf. User-enabled global privacy controls, such as a browser plug-in or privacy setting, device setting, or other mechanism, that communicate or signal the consumer's choice to opt-out of the sale of their personal information shall be considered a request directly from the consumer, not through an authorized agent.
(g) A request to opt-out need not be a verifiable consumer request. If a business, however, has a good-faith, reasonable, and documented belief that a request to opt-out is fraudulent, the business may deny the request. The business shall inform the requestor that it will not comply with the request and shall provide an explanation why it believes the request is fraudulent.
(h) A business's methods for submitting requests to opt-out shall be easy for consumers to execute and shall require minimal steps to allow the consumer to opt-out. A business shall not use a method that is designed with the purpose or has the substantial effect of subverting or impairing a consumer's choice to opt-out. Illustrative examples follow:
(1) The business's process for submitting a request to opt-out shall not require more steps than that business's process for a consumer to opt-in to the sale of personal information after having previously opted out. The number of steps for submitting a request to opt-out is measured from when the consumer clicks on the “Do Not Sell My Personal Information” link to completion of the request. The number of steps for submitting a request to opt-in to the sale of personal information is measured from the first indication by the consumer to the business of their interest to opt-out to completion of the request.
Note: Authority cited: Section 1798.185, Civil Code. Reference: Sections 1798.120, 1798.135, 1798.140 and 1798.185, Civil Code.
1. Change without regulatory effect renumbering section 999.315 to new section 7026 filed 5-5-2022 pursuant to section 100, title 1, California Code of Regulations (Register 2022, No. 18).
This database is current through 1/13/23 Register 2023, No. 2.
Cal. Admin. Code tit. 11, § 7026, 11 CA ADC § 7026
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