California Governor Gavin Newsom, along with Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood), announced the appointment of the five-member inaugural board for the California Privacy Protection Agency (CPPA) this week.

The Board was established by the California Consumer Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) and will oversee the rulemaking process for various topics relating to the CPRA, including privacy audits, consumer opt-out rights, and compliance relating to the protection of the privacy rights of consumers with regard to their personal information.

According to Attorney General Xavier Becerra, “The California Privacy Protection Agency marks a historic new chapter in data privacy by establishing the first agency in the country dedicated to protecting forty million Californians’ fundamental privacy rights. The CPPA Board will help California residents understand and control their data privacy while holding online businesses accountable.”

The Board members will select an Executive Director and may serve for no more than eight years.