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California Unanimously Passes Historic Privacy Bill

CALIFORNIA LAWMAKERS UNANIMOUSLY passed a new privacy bill on Thursday
that would give residents of the state more control over the
information businesses collect on them and impose new penalties on
businesses that don't comply. It is the first law of its kind in the
United States.

The so-called California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (AB 375) was
introduced late last week by state assemblymember Ed Chau and state
senator Robert Hertzberg, in a rush to defeat a stricter
privacy-focused ballot initiative that had garnered more than 600,000
signatures from Californians. The group behind that initiative,
Californians for Consumer Privacy, said it would withdraw it if the
bill passed. The deadline to withdraw was Thursday, forcing the state
legislature to fast-track the bill through the State Senate and
Assembly and get it to Governor Jerry Brown's desk by the end of the
day. The law takes effect in 2020, but in some ways, Thursday's vote
is only the beginning, as business interest groups work to tinker with
the legislation's details before then.

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