(Reuters) – The California Senate blocked a bill on Thursday that would have increased the consumer's ability to sue their personal data management, a profit for the technical industry's groups worried about extensive privacy.
According to California's law on data security, which will come into force next year, consumers may file complaints with the public prosecutor for alleged breaches of the confidentiality rules, but may sue over a data protection.
The new bill, introduced in February and
Adam Schwartz, a senior staff attorney at the San Francisco-based privacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation, said the bill failed to mark "a sad day for the consumer's data integrity." [1
California's law, the toughest in the United States, allows fines of up to $ 7,500 for intentional failure to disclose data collection or sell others' data without permission. 19659002] Since other states have begun to prepare bills, Facebook Inc. Mark Zuckerberg and other technical leaders have called for federal privacy laws to set up cross-sectoral guidelines on how to collect and use personal data.
However, technical lobbying groups have also said they would fight some legislative proposals that could open the door to a type of consumer law.
The bill that failed on Thursday was part of a process in Sacramento to clarify the law that passed last year, which quickly collapsed as an alternative to a stricter election call backed by real estate developer Alastair Mactaggart.
Privacy advocates worry that many of the other bills being processed will wipe out the law c inherit loophole for particular industries and forms of data collection.
Mr. Mactaggart and others behind the law say they are convinced that they can defeat any fatigue attempts through the legislative process.
Current management mechanisms are sufficiently robust, says Mactaggart to Reuters in an interview the day before the bill was blocked and is an essential part of the commitments made in the legislative agreement last year.
"I would never have withdrawn the vote if I didn't think there was sufficient enforcement," Mactaggart told Reuters. "With my open eyes I did, and I would do it again."