The Latest: Lawmakers push last-minute data privacy bill
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a last-minute California data privacy bill (all times local):
A campaign funded by tech companies to oppose a California data privacy initiative says it doesn’t have a comment on a bill with similar aims.
The campaign has vocally opposed the initiative to let consumers opt out of having companies sell their personal data. Lawmakers reached a deal and introduced a bill Thursday to pass a similar policy through the legislative process.
A spokesman for the campaign said the group does not have a comment. It’s argued the initiative would create different standards for companies in California and could limit residents’ choices.
Both the bill and the initiative would let consumers ask companies about personal data they collect and sue companies over data breaches.
Companies such as Google and Comcast have contributed money to the opposition campaign.
Lawmakers are scrambling to pass an internet privacy bill and keep a related initiative off the November ballot.
The bill would empower consumers to ask companies what personal data they’ve collected. Consumers could then ask companies to delete their information and refrain from selling it.
It would bar companies from selling data from users under 16 without consent.
Lawmakers negotiated the legislation with Alastair Mactaggart, who has spent millions of dollars to put an initiative on the ballot that would do many of the same things.
Lawmakers aim to pass the bill and have the governor sign it by Thursday. That’s the deadline to withdraw initiatives from the ballot.
Tech giants such as AT&T and Google oppose the initiative. It wasn’t immediately clear where they stand on the bill.