California AG Announces Privacy Enforcement Unit.
On July 19, California Attorney General Kamala Harris
announced the creation of the Privacy Enforcement and Protection Unit.
The unit will combine the various existing privacy functions of the California Department of Justice to centrally enforce and protect consumer privacy.
The unit will pursue civil prosecution of state and federal privacy laws regulating the collection,
retention, disclosure, and destruction of private or sensitive information by individuals, organizations, and the government.
These include laws relating to cyber privacy, financial privacy, identity theft, and data breaches, among others.
The new unit will reside within the eCrime Unit, which was created in December 2011 to identify and prosecute
identity theft crimes, cyber-crimes and other crimes involving the use of technology.