Privacy

Overview

Personal information has been the subject of many laws and regulations over the last decade. New technology is constantly changing the landscape of how information is used, shared, protected, transmitted and disposed. Safeguarding electronic information is challenging. What is considered safe and adequate protection last month often is outdated next month. Trying to keep abreast in this new world of rapidly changing technology is a full-time effort, but California is on the forefront of protecting information. Information Security

Goal

  • Support the establishment of a uniform national standard for data security laws while assuring that such a law addresses the hackers and identity thieves who commit such crimes — not just the data brokers and financial institutions caught up in security breaches.

Major Victories

  • Protecting Victims of Identity Theft. Backed urgency bill to authorize restitution for expenses for three years to monitor an identity theft victim’s credit report and for the costs to repair the victim’s credit (SB 208 of 2011).
  • Combating Costly Identity Theft. Supported enactment of a law making it easier to prosecute identity theft offenses by expanding the jurisdiction to include any place where an offense occurred (SB 226 of 2009).
  • Neutralizing Overly Expansive Privacy Proposals. Secured amendments in 2009 to proposals (ultimately vetoed) potentially exposing businesses to further data breaches by expanding the content of required breach notifications (SB 20) and requiring social networking sites to prohibit and prevent photos posted to a site from being copied (AB 632). 

Position

The California Chamber of Commerce supports protection of privacy rights and privileges, uniform national laws and regulations governing privacy issues. Increased penalties and incarceration for thefts of personal information is proper for violations. The CalChamber supports continued research, development and use of radio frequency identification device technology; development of industry standards for protecting data rather than embedding static technology in statute; and the ability for companies to share information.

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Jeremy Merz​
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