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Overview

Protecting Privacy while Allowing Innovation, Information Sharing Remains Challenge in Evolving Arena
As Californians increase their daily interaction with technology, the public policy conversation around personal information and information security continues to take on a more prominent role. Personal information has been the subject of many laws and regulations over the last decade and new technology is constantly changing the landscape of how information is used, shared, protected, transmitted and disposed. Safeguarding electronic information is challenging; what is considered safe and adequate protection this month often is outdated the next. Information Security

New Internet/Communications Technology Empowers Economic Development, Enhances Business Community
California remains the nation’s technology leader in job creation and innovation. Home to more than 1.1 million employees in the technology sector alone, the state continues to enjoy private sector investment and economic growth year after year.

With Californians continuing to embrace cutting-edge technologies, including the internet of things (IoT), wearables, sharing-economy platforms, and mobile apps, it’s clear that the state’s economic growth and technology adoption go hand in hand. As the internet has become a part of everyday life for Californians and state industries, promoting broadband everywhere has been an essential component to maintaining the state’s role as a global leader in innovation. Internet/Communications Technology

Goal

Support the establishment of a uniform national standard for data security laws while assuring that such a law addresses the hackers and identity thieves who commit such crimes — not just the data brokers and financial institutions caught up in security breaches.

Major Victories

Maintaining Balance Between Privacy, Innovation

  • Secured amendments in 2016 to remove problematic aspects of two bills (AB 83, AB 2623) and prevented passage of bills creating overly prescriptive mandates (AB 2688), interfering with businesses’ ability to interact with consumers (AB 2867), and potentially exposing proprietary information (SB 949).
  • Stopped proposals in 2016 that would have stifled drone innovation and use (SB 868, AB 2724).
  • Secured amendments in 2015 to make data breach legislation more workable for businesses (SB 570, AB 964).
  • Supported modernization of digital surveillance laws in 2015 to provide clarity to business about when and how government can gain access to electronically stored consumer information (SB 178).

Protecting Victims of Identity Theft. Backed urgency bill to authorize restitution for expenses for three years to monitor an identity theft victim’s credit report and for the costs to repair the victim’s credit (SB 208 of 2011).

Combating Costly Identity Theft. Supported enactment of a law making it easier to prosecute identity theft offenses by expanding the jurisdiction to include any place where an offense occurred (SB 226 of 2009).

Neutralizing Overly Expansive Privacy Proposals. Secured amendments in 2009 to proposals (ultimately vetoed) potentially exposing businesses to further data breaches by expanding the content of required breach notifications (SB 20) and requiring social networking sites to prohibit and prevent photos posted to a site from being copied (AB 632).

Position

The CalChamber supports protection of privacy rights and privileges, uniform national laws, and regulations governing privacy issues. Increased penalties and incarceration for thefts of personal information are proper for violations.

The CalChamber supports the development of industry standards for protecting data rather than embedding static technology in statute; the ability for companies to securely share information; effective privacy policy and data usage rules that do not stifle innovation; and the continued advancement of drone technology.

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Staff Contact

Kevin-McKinleyKevin McKinley
Policy Advocate
Privacy/Technology, Telecommunications, Economic Development, Taxation, Workers’ Compensation