What are the consequences for an agency or individuals/employees that fail to comply with provisions of the California Information Practices Act of 1977?
Depending upon the circumstances, the following consequences can occur:
- Adverse action (individual/employee), including termination, pursuant to Government Code 19572.
- Lawsuits (civil action) against the agency or an individual/employee pursuant to Civil Code Sections 1789.45 through 1798.53.
- Penalties (disciplinary action, including termination; monetary; misdemeanor charges; imprisonment) assessed against individuals pursuant to Civil Code Sections 1798.55 through 1798.57.
- Other legal actions (criminal charges) may be brought against employees/individuals under other applicable sections of law where the employee/individual has knowingly and willfully obtained, sold, or used another individual’s personal information.
- Contractor may be held in breach of contract, forfeits future contract awards, etc. pursuant to terms of contract and state contracting requirements.