When it comes to the reckless trade of our personal information, data brokers are the problem. These entities collect then sell personal information they’ve amassed on individuals with very little oversight. This includes very sensitive information such as buying habits, financial records, social media activity, or precise geolocation information. Scams, identity theft, and financial exploitation result from the collection and misuse of personal information.
That's why EFF is a proud supporter of S.B. 362, authored by California State Senator Josh Becker and sponsored by Privacy Rights Clearinghouse and Californians for Consumer Privacy. It directs the California Privacy Protection Agency to create a deletion mechanism for data brokers that allows someone to make this request of every data broker with a single, verifiable consumer request.
The data broker industry is terrified of this bill and, as reported in POLITICO, is currently waging an aggressive campaign to kill it in the California legislature. That's why we need you to speak up today.
Potential misuse of health data could lead to real harms in harassment, discrimination, and legal consequences for those seeking health services in California, including reproductive and gender-affirming healthcare data. And if information is sold to local, state, or federal agencies, that puts our Fourth Amendment rights at risk.
S.B. 362 gives us a much-needed method to exercise our privacy rights. We need this legislation to start holding these companies accountable.
Join us in calling on California's legislature to pass this bill to empower all Californians to gain a better grasp on their own privacy.
S.B. 362 is a California bill. If you're outside of the state of California, please consider urging your state legislators to act on similar bills. Please sign up for updates from EFF for future opportunities to take action in your jurisdiction.
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