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Privacy Matters: California Amendment to Enforce CCPA Fails

Last night, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s senate-sponsored bill was handily rejected by the California Senate in a largely procedural limitation. The passed the procedural time limitation in the Senate Appropriations Committee, thus disabling the bill from progressing to a vote.

The bill was intended to allow Californians the right to litigation (or the right to sue) in the event that there were data privacy concerns or security issues around a particular breach. The Attorney General’s action was opposed by the Internet Association, the California Chamber of Commerce, and other tech lobbying associations.

The Consumer Privacy Act “is stronger with unified, well-funded enforcement through the California Attorney General’s office,” Kevin McKinley, director of the Internet Association’s California operations, said in a statement. “The internet industry will keep working with policymakers and other stakeholders to ensure the AG’s office is resourced to protect consumers, enforce the CCPA effectively, and provide both large and small businesses the guidance they’ll need to comply with the law.”

The Consumer Privacy Act, slated to go into effect next year, will require companies to disclose what information they’ve collected about consumers and will give those consumers more control over what happens with that data.

Lawmakers this year have introduced a handful of bills aimed at limiting the law’s reach, including measures to allow data collection for customer loyalty programs and to restrict the definition of personal information that can be shared. Floor votes on those bills are expected over the next two weeks.