A business would like to only operate in states except for California to avoid the $7500-per-person fine CCPA demands. Is it legal or would the business have to leave out the whole of USA?

For information on the CCPA, see: https://oag.ca.gov/privacy/ccpa

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I have a really good pizza place near my home but the bastards won't deliver when I go interstate! Now, that's discrimination!

Yes, it's discrimination. However, it's not unlawful discrimination.

Discrimination is not unlawful unless it is on the basis of a protected class. Geography isn't a protected class of itself. It can be if it's used as a proxy for a protected class, such as excluding certain neighbourhoods which correspond with racial or religious groups, but that's not the case here.

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    – Dale M
    Commented Nov 10, 2020 at 8:33

Yes, it's perfectly legal to exclude places from your delivery service - even if you only do so for certain goods. For example, you can't deliver glues containing certain chemicals in some areas, or cans that are larger than a certain size. As a result, McMaster-Carr does not deliver contact cement to certain Areas and States. Sure, it's discrimination, but totally legal.

So, because that law might prevent you from doing things as you do them, you can opt to not do business in that area - just like Project Gutenberg blocks Germans, because they don't want to do business in Germany after a lawsuit.

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