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California is first state to enact a domestic take on EU data protections

Joe Mont | June 29, 2018

California, home to many of the world’s top tech companies, has become the first state in the nation to enact a law that, in large part, mirrors the data protection and privacy standards of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation.

On Thursday night, after a whirlwind day of activity in the state legislature, Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill, the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, into law. It empowers consumers to control how companies use, sell, or share their personal data. Similar to the recently passed EU standards, California customers will also have the right to demand that specific data be deleted from an online enterprise’s databases.   

The legislation builds upon longstanding privacy protections in the state.

In 1972, California voters amended the California Constitution to include the right of privacy among the “inalienable” rights of all people. “Fundamental to this right of privacy is the ability of individuals to control the...

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