California Bills Would Add More Punch to Consumer Data Protection Law

Professionals in the cyber arena could find themselves quite busy in the near future with the possibility of California consumers gaining even more power to sue corporations for mishandling personal data under two recently introduced bills in state Legislature.

California is already on track to have what may be considered the nation’s most far-reaching data privacy law with the passage last year of the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018.

Two recently introduced bills promise to make data privacy laws in California even tougher.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, in late February unveiled Assembly Bill 1130, legislation to strengthen California’s data breach notification law to protect consumers. The bill closes a loophole in the state’s existing data breach notification law by requiring businesses to notify consumers of compromised passport numbers and biometric information.

Around the same time as Becerra and Levine were introducing AB 1130, state Sen. State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, introduced Senate Bill 561. Her bill would expand a consumer’s rights to bring a civil action for damages. ..Read More..

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