State Privacy Update
Despite appeals to lawmakers and the Governor from AAF, our local members and industry allies, the California Legislature passed and Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law SB 362 which we believe places undue restrictions on data brokers and reasonable uses of data for commercial purposes.
We are concerned that the adverse consequences of the new law will be many, including
- Severely limiting the widespread availability of free and low-cost Internet offerings to Californians,
- Impeding new and small businesses from reaching audiences for their products and services,
- Providing no safeguards to prevent authorized agents from abusing their role in the system, and
- Thwarting data brokers’ ability to provide vital anti-fraud services to the California government as well as other businesses.
AAF will work with allies and other interested partners to find ways through the legislative and/or regulatory process to minimize the damaging effect of the new law on consumers and businesses.
Lawmakers in other states continue to consider privacy laws. AAF recently communicated with legislators in Maine expressing our concerns with LD 1977 the Data Privacy and Protection Act. We have also written to Massachusetts lawmakers regarding S.227/H.60, the Information Privacy and Security Act and S.25/H.83 the Data Privacy Protection Act.