(Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymember Marc Levine’s bill to create a state watchdog to help Californians protect personal information online cleared its first policy committee.
The Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection approved AB 2182 last week by Levine, (D-Marin County), which would create the California Data Protection Authority (CDPA).
“We must put an end to the Wild West mentality that there are no rules or protections on the internet,” said Assemblymember Marc Levine. “The California Data Protection Authority can help protect Californians from having their data used against them in unintended and damaging ways.”
AB 2182 passed the committee on a 6-1 vote. The bill establishes an authority to help users protect their personal data and assist them in removing their data and profiles from websites.
The bill was introduced in February, prior to revelations that the British data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica had exploited the private information of 87 million Facebook users.