Assemblymember Chau Unveils 2018 Legislative Agenda

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MONTEREY PARK – Assemblymember Ed Chau (D–Monterey Park) unveiled his 2018 legislative bill package, which focuses on the important work he will be doing in the areas of privacy and consumer protection, child protection, and public safety.

Privacy and Consumer Protection

Assembly Bill (AB) 375 would ensure that consumers enjoy choice and transparency in the treatment of their personal information when accessing the internet by requiring an Internet Service Provider to get opt-in consent from consumers in order to use, disclose or permit access to sensitive customer personal information for reasons other than providing the service. It also prohibits providers from charging a penalty, offering a discount, or refusing to provide service, based on the consumer’s consent decision.

“Last year, Congress and the Trump administration repealed rules that gave broadband Internet customers control over their personal information,” said Assemblymember Chau. “This bill helps restore those protections and puts California consumers back in the driver’s seat to make their own privacy decisions.” 

AB 1859 would require Consumer Credit Reporting Agencies to protect consumer information by patching vulnerable computer systems within ten days or be subject to civil penalties awarded to individuals whose data was compromised.

“The Equifax data breach was an extremely disruptive event in the lives of over 145 million Americans, and it was the result of a failure to update vulnerable computer systems,” said Assemblymember Chau.  “This bill updates our law to address negligently lax behavior by credit reporting agencies when it comes to safeguarding their systems against cybersecurity threats.” 

AB 1999 would expand existing authority for municipal and public utility districts to develop public broadband services to community service districts, and require those entities to adhere to “net neutrality rules” when providing such services.

“The recent action by the Federal Communications Commission to repeal net neutrality rules has rekindled the idea that local governments ought to play a more active role in building out locally-owned broadband networks,” said Assemblymember Chau. “As locally-owned broadband networks become an alternative for consumers, the State should uphold the tenets of an open Internet by requiring adherence to the core principles of net neutrality.”

Child Protection

AB 2511 would outlaw fine print, boilerplate terms and conditions language on social media websites and applications that presume children obtain parental consent to having their images and names used in marketing.

“Expecting children to read these legalistic terms and conditions, understand them, and then say that mom and dad have agreed to abide by them stretches consent beyond credibility, and it appears to be a secret tool for a business to market products to other children,” said Assemblymember Ed Chau. “My bill simply and modestly says that this kind of term and condition where children consent on behalf of their parents is illegal.”

AB 2662 would establish a program, under the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, to study the role and addictive impact of electronic media on the cognitive, social, and behavioral development of children. 

“Technology has become such an integral part of our everyday lives, but we don’t really know what impacts the addictive use of smartphones, tablets and computers, to access content, has on our children’s psychology and development,” said Assemblymember Chau. “Establishing a program to study the benefits and costs of electronic media can better inform policy decisions related to the use of technology.”

Public Safety

AB 2058 would require law enforcement agencies to send data to the Department of Motor Vehicles on the number of arrests made for driving under the influence of cannabis.  

“The legalization of cannabis will undoubtedly contribute to the rise of impaired driving,” said Assemblymember Chau.  “Establishing a uniform mechanism to evaluate cannabis drugged driving arrests will inform what policies are needed to address this dangerous behavior.”

AB 3011 would allow distinct, but related incidents of theft, whether committed against one or more victims, to be aggregated to a charge of grand theft.

“Communities throughout the district have experienced an increase in crime, since the passage of Propositions 47 and 57,” said Assemblymember Chau. “The unintended consequences of these recent reforms could be addressed 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.”

Assemblymember Chau was joined at the press conference by Ed Howard, Senior Counsel to the Children’s Advocacy Institute, and Dr. Irella Perez of Common Sense Kids Action.