California Passes Strictest Privacy Law in Nation
Listen to story:
Download: mp3 (Duration: 13:09 — 12.0MB)
FEATURING JAIME COURT – California just passed one of the strongest privacy laws in the nation. State lawmakers unanimously passed the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, which was then signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday.
According to the Washington Post the law will, “require tech companies to disclose the categories of data they collect about consumers as well as the third-party entities, like advertisers, with whom they share that information. Web users would also gain the ability to opt out of having their data sold, and companies wouldn’t be allowed to charge users a fee or provide them less service if they made that choice.”
If the law had not passed there were efforts underway to bring an even stricter version of the law as a ballot measure to voters in November. After initially opposing the bill tech companies like Google and Verizon backed off, preferring the legislative effort over the potential ballot measure.
Jamie Court, President of Consumer Watchdog, author of The Progressive’s Guide To Raising Hell: How To Win Grassroots Campaigns, Pass Ballot Box Laws And Get The Change You Voted For.