New California Privacy Law Accelerates Data Privacy Discussion

With the signing of the California Consumer Privacy Act last week, privacy advocates and commentators are beginning to consider and comment on the potential result of this action.

With the signing of the California Consumer Privacy Act last week, privacy advocates and commentators are beginning to consider and comment on the potential result of this action. Provided below are extracts from two recent articles highlighting the bill and the potential scope of its impact.


New California Privacy Law: Consumers 1; Internet Companies #!@%!

Extract from article by William Vogeler

Privacy advocates love California’s new personal data law; internet companies, not a data bit.

No sooner had Gov. Jerry Brown signed the California Consumer Privacy Act than Silicon Valley began to erupt in protest. Consumer groups, on the other hand, saw it as a sign of good things to come.

“This is a milestone moment for privacy law in the United States,” said Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center. It may also be an epic harbinger of privacy lawsuits.

“Milestone Moment”

The law gives consumers the right to know what personal information is being collected about them and whether it is being sold and to whom. It also empowers them to delete the collected information and to stop the sale of their information.


California’s New Privacy Law Sets Stage for National Debate

Extract from article by David McCabe

The privacy bill signed into law in California on Thursday won’t settle the global fight over privacy, but it does usher in a new phase that could lead to a new national model for regulating data online.

The big picture: 
Policymakers around the globe — in Washington, Brussels and now Sacramento — are all articulating different visions of how consumer data should be handled online. There may only be one internet, but there are many jurisdictions, and tech’s colossus companies must deal with all of them.

The bill itself was drafted and passed quickly, with even the bill’s authors saying there may be additional changes and clarifications before it goes into effect. “If possible, we could find some fixes this year,” said California Assembly member Ed Chau. “That’s my hope, but no promises.”

Read the complete article at California’s New Privacy Law Sets Stage for National Debate


The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (PDF)

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