Legislation: California Officials Seek Further Data Privacy Protections

State senate proposal would ensure enforcement of provisions in California Consumer Privacy Act.

3/6/2019 11:30 AM

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Legislation: California Officials Seek Further Data Privacy Protections

Legislation to support implementation of the California Consumer Privacy Act next year was recently introduced by California State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, whose office will have oversight of the law.

The proposed legislation, California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018: consumer remedies (SB 561), would ensure enforcement of the bill’s privacy provisions when it takes effect Jan. 1, 2020, according to a news release from Jackson’s office.

The law requires companies to tell consumers―upon request―what personal data they possess, why they have the data and if third parties have access to it, ACA International previously reported. Consumers may ask companies to delete their personal data and request that they do not sell it.

The attorney general’s office has identified several roadblocks to implementation of the law, according to the news release.

“With the passage of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) last year, California took an important first step in protecting our fundamental right to privacy. SB 561 will ensure that the most significant privacy protections in the nation are effectively and robustly enforced,” Jackson said.

SB 561, as proposed, would remove an onerous requirement to provide legal opinions directly to any business or third party, which would unnecessarily divert public funds and resources from enforcement; and removes the attorney general’s requirement to provide 30-day notice before taking an enforcement action, essentially a “get out of jail free card” for bad actors, among other changes.

“California, the nation’s hub for innovation, has long led the way to protect consumers in the digital age. And as we work to strengthen data privacy law, the world is watching. It’s essential that we get this right,” Becerra said.

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