PRIVACY AND CONSUMER PROTECTIONS
- Assembly Bill (AB) 25 – California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA) – Clarifies that the definition of “consumer” excludes individuals whose personal information has been collected by a business in the course of their activities for the business as an employee, contractor, agent, or job applicant, but only to the extent that their information is used for purposes related to those activities. It also seeks to clarify how a business shall comply with a consumer’s request for specific pieces of information under the CCPA, in a privacy protective manner, particularly when certain personal information might be tied to a household or devices that a consumer shares with others. Sponsor: Author.
- AB 384 – Digital Health Feedback Systems – Defines digital health feedback systems, which include items such as digital pills, and ensures that the Confidentiality of Medical Information Act applies to information derived from, or in the possession, of these systems. It also requires that manufacturers equip digital health feedback systems with reasonable security features to protect the system and any information contained therein. Sponsor: Author.
- AB 904 – Tracking Device Search Warrant – Prohibits software-based tracking of individuals by law enforcement without a warrant. Sponsor: Author.
- AB 976 – Artificial Intelligence Commission – Establishes the Artificial Intelligence in State Government Services Commission to gather input on how artificial intelligence and data science could be used to improve state services. Sponsor: Author.
- AB 1202 – Data Brokers – Requires data brokers, defined generally as businesses that are buying and/or selling the personal information of consumers with whom they have no direct relationship, to register with the Attorney General and for the information to be posted on its website. It would also authorize the AG to collect registration fees and otherwise enforce the provisions of the bill through civil action. Sponsor: Author.
- AB 1281 – Facial Recognition Technology – Requires a business in California that uses facial recognition technology to disclose its usage, in a physical sign that is clear and conspicuous, at the entrance of every location where it is being used, and authorizes enforcement of this requirement pursuant to California’s Unfair Competition Law. Sponsor: Author.
- AB 1355 – Personal information – Excludes consumer information that is deidentified or aggregated from the definition of “Personal Information” in the California Consumer Privacy Act. Sponsor: Author.
- AB 1665 – Parent’s Social Media Accountability and Child Protection Act – Requires social media companies to get parental consent in order to use a minor’s personal information in a 3rd party advertisement. Sponsor: Children’s Advocacy Institute.
- AB 1782 – Automated License Plate Reader Systems (ALPR) – Establishes a balance between personal privacy and public safety by creating procedures around the use and retention of data collected by ALPRs, which include how long it is kept, how it is shared, and limiting its disclosure to critical incidents. Sponsor: Author.
BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS
- AB 775 – Massage Therapy – Streamlines the approval process for massage therapy schools, by the California Massage Therapy Council, and requires that students be notified when they are attending a non-approved school, which can put at risk their ability to become certified massage therapists. Sponsor: Author.
- AB 1409 – California Teleconnect Fund (CFT) – Provides students with greater broadband access, outside of the classroom, by funding Homework Gap Projects, such as Wi-Fi enabled school busses, or school or library Wi-Fi hot-spot lending, through the CFT. Sponsor: Common Sense Kids Action.
- AB 1566 – California Cyber Range Pilot Project – Establishes a pilot project, administered by the California Cybersecurity Institute, to examine and ensure the state is properly positioned to train the current and next generations’ cyber workforce. The project will be hosted by one to three campuses of the California State University or the University of California, which will provide cyber security focused educational tools in virtual lab environments and be accessible to interested parties. Sponsor: Author.
- AB 453 – Emergency Medical Technician Paramedics (EMT-P) Training – Requires dementia-specific training for EMT-P licensure and recertification in order to provide appropriate emergency care to individuals living with this condition. Sponsors: Alzheimer’s Los Angeles, Alzheimer’s Orange County, and Alzheimer’s San Diego.
- AB 173 – Register Your Mobilehome California Sunset Extension – Promotes the accurate titling of mobilehomes by extending the sunset date on the Register Your Mobilehome California program – a fee and tax abatement program – until December 31, 2022. Sponsor: Golden State Manufactured-Home Owners League (GSMOL).
- AB 397 – Driving Under the Influence of Cannabis – Establishes driving under the influence of cannabis, or cannabis and another drug, as its own separate offense to better track the number of arrests made annually, and inform policy solutions to address this dangerous behavior. Sponsor: Author.
- AB 1129 – Stalking – Broadens the definition of “credible threat” so that the use of drones, or other future technology, could not be used to stalk, harass, monitor, or surveil. Sponsor: Author.
- AB 1772 – Repeat Theft Offenders – Address the unintended consequences of recent criminal justice reforms, such as Proposition 47, by allowing multiple incidents of theft to be aggregated into a charge of grand theft, in order to prevent criminals from getting away with committing more frequent, smaller crimes. Sponsor: Author.
- AB 1696 – The California International Trade and Investment Office Act of 2019 – Promotes trade international relations by requiring the Director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development to establish a process for public and nonprofit organizations to submit proposals on the establishment and operation of an international trade and investment office in a foreign country. It also authorizes the acceptance of in-kind services for the purpose of operating an international trade and investment office. Sponsor: Author.
- AB 814 – Vehicle Hacking – Explicitly makes the unauthorized access of a vehicle’s computer system, data system, or software, located within the vehicle, illegal under California Law. Sponsor: Author.