Privacy

Waiting for Governor Jerry Brown to Sign Bills Protecting Californians

The crowded hallways outside of the Legislature's chambers may now be empty but that doesn't mean the fervent lobbying to kill pending legislation is over. 

With more than 600 bills sitting at the governor's desk, we are keeping an eye on bills that protect privacy, healthcare, elections, consumer rights and the environment. Below are some of the bills we are watching:  

An American "Right To Be Forgotten"?

Thanks to the internet's imperative of cataloging and preserving the world's information, a quick Google search can reveal volumes about a person. But one would likely rather be reminded of a clever tweet than an embarrassing mugshot. John M.

Google & NASA's Secret Drones Deal

Norman Goldman talks with Consumer Watchdog President Jamie Court about the privacy and safety issues with drones, including the secret deal between Google & NASA testing drones. http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/sites/default/files/resources/podcast_8-20-15.m4a

Include Opt-Out Feature in Covered California Data Mining, Say Federal Officials

Covered California’s deep dive into data mining, without consumer permission, has drawn the scrutiny of congressional members. 

Reps. Tony Cárdenas, D-San Fernando Valley; Mark DeSaulnier, D-Richmond; Judy Chu, D-Monterey Park; and Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, today called on the state to protect consumers’ identity information. 

Privacy Bill Targeting AirBnB Shelved, Could be Revived in January

A state Senate bill that required home sharing platforms like AirBnB to turn over customers’ personal information to local governments was quietly shelved this week, though the author said he plans to bring it back in the new year. 

DMV to Set First Rules for Driverless Cars

The California DMV is set to decide the first rules for the operation of driverless cars on public streets.

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