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The Latest: Industry objects to broader California data law

February 25, 2019
California state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, left, and Attorney General Xavier Becerra, right, discuss her legislation that would expand on California's nation-leading data privacy law, Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, in the attorney general's office in Sacramento, Calif. California consumers would have more power to sue corporations for misusing their data under a proposal to expand what already is the nation's most far-reaching law protecting personal information. (AP Photo/Don Thompson)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California’s data privacy law (all times local):

3:15 p.m.

An industry group says a proposal to broaden the right of consumers to sue under California’s landmark privacy law would undermine the legislation that was passed last year.

Kevin McKinley of the Internet Association says allowing consumers to sue for violations on their own would unwind a key piece of an agreement that led to the law.

When the law takes effect next year, consumers will be able to sue companies that collect their data if their information is stolen or disclosed in a data breach — but only if the company was careless or negligent. The new legislation would expand a consumer’s right to sue for damages for other violations under the law.

McKinley says limiting enforcement made it workable for companies.

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2:39 p.m.

California consumers would have more power to sue corporations for misusing their data under a proposal to expand what already is the nation’s most far-reaching law protecting personal information.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Democratic state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson proposed revisions to the law Monday.

Consumers would already be able to sue companies that collect their data if their information is stolen or disclosed in a data breach under the law that takes effect next year, but only if the company was careless or negligent.

The new legislation would expand a consumer’s right to sue for damages to other violations under the law.

TechNet and the Internet Association, two industry groups, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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The bill is SB561.