DeSaulnier’s Online Personal Information Protection Bill Passes Senate

May 8, 2014 15:00 pm · 8 comments

A bill to protect Californians from being stalked and harassed when their personal information is posted on commercial websites passed the California State Senate.

SB 1348 by Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) gives individuals increased rights over their personal information that is posted on commercial internet web sites, and limits how it is bought, sold, and traded to unregulated third-parties.

“It is important that we help Californians protect the privacy of their personal information,” Senator DeSaulnier said. “The idea for this bill was brought to me by a constituent who had been harassed by someone who stalked her online information. Too often unregulated data brokers are buying, selling, and trading the personal information of Californians—raising privacy and safety concerns. SB 1348 allows individuals to maintain their constitutional right to personal privacy by giving them the option to opt-out of their personal information being displayed or sold online.”

Research from the Pew Center indicates that 68% of US internet users feel that current laws are not sufficient to protect people’s privacy online, and that 86% of users have taken steps to mask their digital footprint. Additionally, 12% of internet users have been stalked or harassed using information available online. This bill would take small steps towards establishing a citizen’s fundamental right to privacy in the modern digital world.

This bill requires an online data broker who sells personal information to third parties to allow California residents to opt-out of the sale and public posting of their personal information upon request. SB 1348 requires a data broker to remove an individual’s personal information from their internet website, upon request by the individual. Additionally, the bill prohibits the data broker from re-posting the individual’s personal information or transferring the information to another business entity.

{ 8 comments }

1 Elwood May 8, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Another completely superfluous bill from Marky Mark!

Isn’t he grand?

2 RANDOM TASK May 8, 2014 at 3:36 PM

wow must be nice sit around and do nothing but spend tax payer money on your friends and relatives and then put up crappy legislation when it comes time for re-election ….well if the lemmings keep voting you in might as well use em as fodder…….applause by falling trees

3 Reality Bites May 8, 2014 at 6:03 PM

And who is going to monitor and enforce this and at what expense?

4 RunDogRun May 8, 2014 at 6:10 PM

He is the only candidate running
for Miller’s former seat. A write-in
candidate will have to be elected to
defeat him. Anybody have any
suggestions on who might be
interested and qualified to do the
job? Otherwise we are going to
be stuck with him in an even more
powerful position than he has now.

5 Boneguy1 May 8, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Good for him protecting us from the wicked porn sites he probably visits. After all when you vote to allow Elementary school kids to “choose” their own restrooms what else would his motivation be?

6 Anon May 8, 2014 at 7:53 PM

Yet another feel good waste of time bill. No way to enforce this one either, Marky Mark.

7 RANDOM TASK May 8, 2014 at 9:01 PM

it does not matter this state is run by the unions they bought off the dems years ago and are right where they want to be stealing money from big projects …running the MTC and using tax money how they see fit the unions are in control and the sooner you realize this the …well lol I mean really like you would actually do anything else like actually tell these crooks to shape up or get out ………sleep well the unions are getting ready to take your money again tomorrow……yay

8 BagsFlyFree May 9, 2014 at 8:11 AM

And the internet will bend over backwards for this one.. Right…….. This bill sounds like someone has friends in a data mining enforcement company that needs seed “state contract” funding.

How about takimg every penny that would be spent on this bill, and use those funds for an “Online Protection” course for Jr. high/High school students. Teach kids about protecting personal info (SSN,address, dob), maintaining a small online footprint, deleting overly suggestive photos, alternative payment methods (gift cards, bitcoin), and performing regular email and internet sweeps (name search results). Stop information at the source, not the data brokers desk!!!!!

The boom of these data mining companies started after free services became the norm for mega online sites. You are always paying for access online, whether it be a suscription/license cost, or the “freemium” model where data (email, posts, “likes”, friends) is mined and sold to the companies Mark wants to control via this legislation..

See where the nonsense is here???

BFF Out!

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