Press Release

Legislators Comment on Passage of AB 375

Bill approved by Senate and Assembly, and signed by Governor Brown

June 28, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Today, the California Senate and Assembly passed AB 375, a sweeping privacy measure that protects California consumers and their private information. Governor Brown then signed the bill, prompting proponents of the similar California Consumer Privacy Act initiative to pull their measure from the November ballot.

The authors of the legislation released the following statements upon passage of the bill:

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

“Today, California took a historic step in enacting legislation to protect children and consumers by giving them control of their own personal data,” said Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park). “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.”

“Once again California is taking the lead in protecting consumers and holding bad actors accountable,” said Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa). “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.”

Alastair Mactaggart, Chairman of Californians for Consumer Privacy, also released the following statement:

“We are thrilled that AB 375 has become law.  This is a monumental achievement for consumers, with California leading the way in creating unprecedented consumer protections for the rest of the nation. We are grateful to Governor Jerry Brown and members of the California Legislature, especially bill authors Assembly member Ed Chau, Senator Bill Dodd and Bob Hertzberg, for their tremendous commitment to securing consumer privacy rights for California consumers through this legislation. Californians for Consumer Privacy is proud to have led a people’s ballot initiative that helped bring us to this point. As the effort to empower Californians with critical privacy protections continues, we are heartened by and appreciative of the participation of many stakeholders and privacy advocates in this process, and look forward to their continued involvement as the vision for greater consumer privacy becomes reality.  It’s my strong belief that these new California rights will soon extend to the rest of the United States.” 

Media Contact: Katie Hanzlik
Katie.Hanzlik@sen.ca.gov
Press Secretary
Senator Robert M. Hertzberg
Capitol Building, Room 4038
(916) 651-4018

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