California Secrecy Act Unanimously Passed

July 1, 2018

California legislators collectively passed a consumer secrecy bill that will radically alter how companies manage data. The bill, initialed by Gov. Jerry Brown, gives Californians the authority to hold businesses responsible for misuse of their data.

Before the bill’s passage, tech firms and secrecy rights supporters involved intense discussions and landed on a “watered-down type of a more extensive initiative suggested by Alastair Mactaggart, a San Francisco real estate contractor who spent over $3 million on his promotion to qualify the measure for the ballot,” the Sacramento Bee reported. The governor’s sign verified the unanimous endorsement, actually eliminating the measure from the ballot.

The California Consumer Privacy Law, Assembly Bill 375, allows members of the public to request that a firm erase their private information. The bill also needs that those companies selling consumers’ information reveal the type of information they gather and that they get opt-in approval to sell the data of anybody below 16.

In the event of an illegal breach of non-encrypted private information, users can now prosecute firms for up to $750, a requirement condemned by Sen. Jim Neilson who still voted for the bill however voiced concerns over attorneys filing a frivolous court case.

Since the GDPR went into complete effect, several have been supposing lawmaking of this sort to gain traction among users in the US. “Other states such as New York and Massachusetts will likely follow suit and prepare their own citizen-friendly data privileges rules. A lot of different states will not sit on their hands waiting for a federal scheme that might never come,” stated Absolute’s international safety planner, Richard Henderson.

“Firms will likely have to follow the most restraining laws and recommendations going forward. For most firms, it will be far too taxing for them to build out systems for each exceptional set of recommendations as they come into being. Much like GDPR, the time for companies to act is sooner instead of later. There are plenty of Attorneys General who will not vacillate to go after firms who thumb their noses at these laws.”