US State Governor Spiels About Blockchain and Data Privacy During State Speech

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US State Governor Spiels Blockchain and Data Privacy During State Speech

Blockchain and data privacy are now given more emphasis due to the technology’s capabilities and the need to protect sensitive information.

Newly-elected California Governor Gavin Newsom champions the advancement of the blockchain. He also included artificial intelligence (AI)-based solutions during his “State of the State” speech, on February 12.

Newsom exclaimed, “California needs a comprehensive statewide strategy to uplift and upskill our workers, to ensure technological advancements in AI, the blockchain, big data, are creating jobs, not destroying them, and to reform our institutions so that more workers have an ownership stake in their sweat equity.”

The new governor disclosed the appointment of a new Commission on California’s Workforce & Future of Work. The commission includes parties from the labor and business industry with an aim to develop groundbreaking technologies and provide possibilities for workers. He mentioned that the state is honored to accommodate tech companies committed to making a difference in the world.

He further highlighted that California residents must be able to take advantage of their personal data being shared on online sites and services. Apparently, he asked his team to transpire a recommendation for a “Data Dividend” for the state’s citizens affirming that their data has significance and it belongs to them.

During his state speech in State Capitol in Sacramento, he pronounced those tech companies that produce billions of dollars that gather, organize, and stamp out the personal data should be responsible to safeguard it. The proposed measure comes after California’s enactment of a sweeping data privacy bill last year. The bill provides consumers with particular rights to their personal digital information.

The California Data Privacy Protection Act is an amendment version of Assembly Bill 375 introduced in 2017. The bill was reintroduced in June 2018 to discuss the concerns that the ballot measure has escalated. State Sen. Robert Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys), and Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) were the ones who introduced the assembly bill on June 22.

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