Time is running out for California Internet privacy bill hated by industry – Los Angeles Times

As the clock ticks down on the current California legislative session, it’s increasingly looking like phone and cable companies have succeeded in killing off a bill aimed at giving state residents more control over Internet privacy.

AB 375, authored by Assemblyman Ed Chau (D-Arcadia), was introduced in June after Republican lawmakers in Congress and the Trump administration repealed privacy rules put in place by the Federal Communications Commission under former President Obama.

The California bill would remedy that by requiring telecom companies to obtain customers’ approval — an opt-in — before using, selling or sharing people’s personal information with marketers.

“Congress and the administration went against the will of the vast majority of Americans when they revoked the FCC rules,” Chau said after introducing his bill. “California is going to restore what Washington stripped away.”


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