Regulating Collecting, Storing, and Sharing of Information

The Digital Revolution or the Third Industrial Revolution describes the period beginning in the 1980s when the world transitioned from a manufacturing-based economy to a service-based economy. The upheaval of the time changed our analog and mechanical devices to electrical, brought the personal computer, and the internet. This led to understanding the economy as the New Economy.

Information Security

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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

Led coalition in 2017 that negotiated amendments to protect the ability of business to offer free gifts or trials while allowing consumers who signed up online to cancel online (SB 313).

Stopped onerous, duplicative mandates in 2017 on manufacturers/retailers of devices that connect to the internet (SB 327); drastic restrictions on internet providers (AB 375); and a bill that risks stunting growth of unmanned aircraft systems (SB 347).

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).


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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