Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Sacramento – Today, the Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection approved Assembly Bill (AB) 364, which seeks to build a strong cybersecurity workforce in California.

"Cyberattacks are a significant and growing risk to California businesses and public agencies – with threats ranging from service disruption and the theft of intellectual property, to ransomware and large-scale data breaches," said Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park). "Our best defense is a strong cybersecurity industry here in California – and we should do everything we can, as a state, to grow that industry, and those efforts begin with making sure we understand it fully."

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Sacramento – Today, the Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection held an oversight hearing to review the operations of the California Department of Technology (CDT), while focusing on its progress in three major areas: general operations, information security, and IT project oversight.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Sacramento – Assemblymember Ed Chau (D – Monterey Park) released the following statement upon announcement of the Governor’s 2017-2018 State Budget proposal:

“For the past few years, Assembly Democrats have made it a priority to find common ground in crafting a responsible budget; so, I appreciate the approach that Governor Brown is taking with this proposal and his commitment to safeguard some of our most important accomplishments in recent years.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Sacramento – Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill (AB) 2864, authored by Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park), which would ensure that students in California receive instruction regarding the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and the contributions made by Chinese Americans in establishing the Transcontinental Railroad. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Sacramento – Today, Governor Brown signed AB 587, authored by Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park), which creates a tax abatement program for mobile-home owners who cannot transfer title of ownership into their names, due to tax delinquencies incurred by prior owners.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Sacramento – Today, Governor Brown signed AB 2536, authored by Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park), which addresses the issue of cyber sexual bullying.  Specifically, it requires the California Department of Education to post information about the issue on the California Healthy Kids Resource Center internet website, and adds cyber sexual bullying to the definition of cyberbullying.

“More and more teenagers are sharing sexual, nude or semi-nude photos or videos, and while this type of activity may seem harmless at first, these photos and videos can easily be downloaded, copied, disseminated, widely circulated and posted online instantly with a push of button, with or without the consent of those depicted in them,” said Assemblymember Chau.  “This behavior can lead to bullying and has unfortunately resulted in some teenagers committing suicide.”

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Sacramento – Today, Governor Brown signed two consumer protection bills, AB 2828 and AB 2307, authored by Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park).  AB 2828 expands the data breach notification law, which currently requires notice to consumers of compromised unencrypted personal information, to also include encrypted information, if the encryption keys have also been compromised.  AB 2307 protects consumers from credit card fraud and identity theft at the gas pump by requiring service agents to report to their county sealer any credit card skimming devices found in the course of their work.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Sacramento – Yesterday, the Assembly and the Senate passed AB 1662, authored by Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park), which would protect people from “hit and run” drone accidents by requiring hobbyist drone operators to provide their name, address, and valid identification to the victim and the police in the event of an accident. The bill now heads to Governor Brown for his consideration.

“The Federal Aviation Administration stated that nearly a million drones were sold during the December holiday season in 2015, which shows how prevalent drones are becoming in our society.  As the number of drones increase in the coming years, so will the number of accidents,” said Assemblymember Chau.  “AB 1662 applies the principles of our vehicle hit and run laws to drones, because they are also capable of causing personal injury and property damage when they crash.”

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Sacramento – Today, the Governor signed AB 2609, authored by Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park), which will protect school-aged children from directly receiving potentially misleading solicitations from for-profit companies to attend “prestige conferences.”

“AB 2609 will protect students from conferences that appear to be awards of merit, but in actuality are costly conferences that may not be beneficial for students’ higher-education opportunities,” said Assemblymember Ed Chau. “This measure ultimately shields students from questionable marketing practices in our schools.”