California Privacy Bill Advances In Trend With EU’s Data Privacy Law

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It seems like the world is now focused on data privacy rather than net neutrality.

A new privacy bill has been introduced to address issues such as the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica data-sharing scandal and various data infringements. This measure will enable consumers to view what data do companies gather about them and ask those firms to halt from selling their information to third parties. Likewise, it will make companies responsible for breaching of data.

Alistair Mactaggart is a real estate developer based in San Francisco responsible for the California Data Privacy Protection Act. He declared last week that he would pull back the ballot measure if it is signed into law by Thursday (June 28), the due date for backing out initiatives. He received gratitude from a number of legislators for his initiative obliging them to take lawmaking action.

Tech, ISPs, and social media companies such as AT&T, Comcast, Facebook, Google, and Verizon each funded $200,00 to the exertion to protest Mactaggart’s measure.  Facebook and Verizon had later booked their counteraction.

The California Data Privacy Protection Act is a modified edition of Assembly Bill 375 which was initially introduced last year. It was reintroduced last week to tackle the issues that the ballot measure has raised. State Sen. Robert Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys), and Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) presented the assembly bill last Friday (June 22).

“I believe that what we came up with is really good public policy. It’ll be the best privacy law in the country. We’ve included the right to delete…we’ve included issues related to Cambridge Analytica, we’ve included protection of children — a number of things that are really smart about advancing privacy policy,” said Sen. Hertzberg.

AB 375 has a couple of requirements that Mactaggart’s ballot measure lacks such as obligating parental consent to sell children’s data under 16 years old. The privacy bill would also institute a mechanism for privacy-breach lawsuits and control liability. Initially, the attorney general will penalize a company for breaching before a consumer will file a case. Lastly, the consumer can request the said company to delete their information.

A part of the AB 375 read as “This bill would enact the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018. Beginning January 1, 2020, the bill would grant a consumer a right to request a business to disclose the categories and specific pieces of personal information that it collects about the consumer, the categories of sources from which that information is collected, the business purposes for collecting or selling the information, and the categories of 3rd parties with which the information is shared. ”

Lawmakers passed AB 375 out of the Senate Judiciary Committee. It is addressed at maintaining a relevant scheme off the November ballot. It will now advance to the Senate Appropriations Committee according to Sen. Bob Hertzberg’s spokeswoman. The complete Assembly and Senate each set out to vote on the privacy bill Thursday (June 28). However, Gov. Jerry Brown’s office did not disclose if he will sign it or not.

It is just right that consumers have greater control over their personal information. The Decenternet platform helps them keep it safe and secured. It knows that Internet users and consumers own their respective data should not be distributed without any permission.


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