California Privacy Law Passes Senate Committee; Headed to Senate Floor
AB 375 clears Judiciary Committee and next heads to Senate Appropriations before Senate Floor for vote on Thursday
SACRAMENTO – Senators Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) and Bill Dodd (D-Napa) and Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) today announced that their comprehensive privacy legislation, AB 375, passed the Senate Judiciary Committee and is on track to be voted on in both the Senate and Assembly Floors on Thursday, June 28.
The authors of the bill released the following statements in response to the bill’s committee passage:
“If this law passes, it will be the best privacy law in the country,” said Sen. Hertzberg. “It integrates many of the elements of the initiative and provides Californians with significantly more control over personal information alongside an explicit protection of those rights. I am very happy with the work that has been done on this by my co-authors, our staffs, and the many stakeholders engaged in this process.”
“Today’s action by the Senate Judiciary Committee to vote in support of AB 375 gets us one step closer to passing landmark privacy legislation that will put consumers in the driver’s seat when it comes to making decisions about the use of their personal information by businesses online,” said Asm. Chau, who is also Chair of the Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection. His committee will hold an informational hearing about AB 375 on Wednesday, June 27 at 1:30pm.
“At a time when federal regulators are rolling back protections, we’re moving forward here in California,” said Sen. Dodd. “This bill will be the strongest of its kind in the nation and enact safeguards we need in the 21st Century. It includes provisions from a measure I introduced earlier to give consumers recourse in the event of future breaches, providing a strong incentive for firms to act responsibly. Big Data is Big Business. It’s time we regulate it appropriately and hold bad actors accountable.”
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Senator Robert M. Hertzberg
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