Governor Brown Signs Landmark Privacy Law

Thursday, June 28, 2018

SACRAMENTO — Today, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed Assembly Bill (AB) 375, authored by Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park), Senator Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys), and Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa), the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, which will ensure that consumers enjoy choice and transparency in the treatment of their personal information when accessing the Internet.

AB 375 responds to the recent data breaches that have affected millions of people – those experienced by Target, Equifax, Cambridge Analytica, and many more. The collection of our information combined with data breaches has raised concerns from Internet users worldwide.

Earlier this week, a privacy initiative qualified for the November ballot to provide consumers with increased privacy rights. A legislative solution, unlike the initiative process, provides the opportunity to strike the appropriate balance between protecting privacy rights and the ability for tech to innovate and provide reliable services now and into the future. AB 375 was the result of an agreement reached with the initiative proponents to move forward with a legislative solution and is a significant step in providing California consumers more control over their data.

The authors of the bill released the following statements in response to the bill’s passage:

“Today, California took a historic step in enacting legislation to protect children and consumers by giving them control over their own personal data,” said Assemblymember Ed Chau. “Consumers should have a right to choose how their personal information is collected and used by businesses. It is your data, your privacy, your choice.”

“Today the California Legislature made history by passing the most comprehensive privacy law in the country,” said Senator Bob Hertzberg. “We in California are continuing to push the envelope on technology and privacy issues by enacting robust consumer protections - without stifling innovation.”

“Once again California is taking the lead in protecting consumers and holding bad actors accountable,” said Senator Bill Dodd. “My hope is other states will follow, ensuring privacy and safeguarding personal information in a way the federal government has so far been unwilling to do.”

Below is the link to audio from Assemblymember Ed Chau:

https://caucus.asmdc.org/content/governor-brown-signs-landmark-privacy-law

CONTACT: Edmundo Cuevas, (916) 319-2049, Edmundo.Cuevas@asm.ca.gov