ACLU Statement: New Law Falls Woefully Short of Protecting Californians’ Privacy

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Sacramento – Today, Governor Brown signed into law AB 375, legislation labeled as a privacy measure but which fails to truly achieve its purported goal.

In response, Nicole Ozer, Technology and Civil Liberties Director for the ACLU of California, released the following statement:

“Concern for privacy is at an all-time high in the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and yet California has enacted a law that utterly fails to provide the privacy protections the public has demanded and deserves. Nobody should be fooled to think AB 375 properly protects Californians’ privacy.

This measure was hastily drafted and needs to be fixed. When that happens next year, effective privacy protections must be included that actually protect against rampant misuse of personal information, make sure that companies cannot retaliate against Californians who exercise their privacy rights, and ensure that Californians can actually enforce their personal privacy rights.

The California legislature needs to pay heed to the public’s need and desire for proper privacy protections. Millions of Californians depend on it.”


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