California's New Data Privacy Law to Impact Rest of US

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California passed a new data privacy law on June 28 in an attempt to rectify the excesses revealed by Cambridge Analytica and other organizations lately in which consumer information was used, sold and frequently ravaged without consent.

Widely opposed by the tech industry, the California Consumer Privacy Act follows the European Union’s recently enacted General Data Protection Regulation. While the CCPA applies only to California citizens, its reach is far broader, as target companies operate in places beyond California, and many companies that aren’t located in California still do business there.

As a result, it’s likely that each U.S. jurisdiction will pass its own law with its own privacy provisions, resulting in a patchwork of statewide laws with which each company doing business in those states must comply. In addition, there would be independent reporting requirements, different enforcement methods and wildly different penalties for non-compliance that companies would have to deal with.

MongoDB made several product announcements last week at its annual conference in New York, including the general availability of version 4.0 of its namesake open-source NoSQL database.

MongoDB 4.0 features the addition of multi-document ACID transactions, making it easier for administrators to address a complete range of use cases by providing a consistent view of data across replica sets and enforcing all-or-nothing execution to maintain data integrity.

Also rolled out was MongoDB Stitch, the company’s new serverless platform, which facilitates DevOps approaches and rapid development of mobile and web applications. The services provided in Stitch give developers wide access to database functionality while providing robust security and data privacy controls.

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