November 28, 2018-
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra warned on Wednesday that the U.S. Congress should not pass a relatively weak online privacy bill to protect consumer data and use it to take precedence over a new California law. Big tech companies are pushing for a federal bill to preempt California’s law, which Governor Jerry Brown signed into law in June but whose provisions are not due to go into effect until 2020.
“Do no harm simply means don’t stop good work, good practices that have already occurred in the states by preempting the states from doing the things that have worked,” Becerra told Reuters in an interview. California’s law gives consumers more control over how companies collect and manage their personal information, including allowing them to request that data be deleted and to opt out of having their data sold to third parties. U.S. lawmakers are drafting a privacy bill, expected to be finished early in the next session of Congress, that might, for example, allow the government to fine companies for misusing consumer data or allowing it to be stolen.