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A New Prop Aims To Expand Consumer Privacy Laws, But Opponents Say To Read The Fine Print

This November, Californians will find a new privacy bill on their ballots.
This November, Californians will find a new privacy bill on their ballots.
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This November, Californians will find a new privacy proposition on their ballots. 

Prop 24 sets out to expand on California’s consumer privacy laws by allowing consumers to tell businesses not to share their personal information. If passed, it would also formally create an agency to enforce the state’s consumer data privacy laws. Former democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang has been an outspoken supporter of Prop 24, saying that, “right now, our data is getting sold and resold by companies and data-burglars for tens of billions of dollars a year, and we’re not seeing a dime of it.” The proposition faces opposition from other privacy advocates, however. Prop 24’s detractors include the ACLU and the Consumer Federation of California, who argue that it would do little to give people more control over their data, and would actually create reductions in privacy and giveaways to Facebook and other big tech companies. 

Today on AirTalk, we’re learning more about Proposition 24. Questions? Call us at 866-893-5722 or leave a comment below.


Jamie Court, president of Consumer Watchdog, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing an effective voice for taxpayers and consumers; he tweets @RaisingHellNow

Jacob Snow, technology and civil liberties attorney at the ACLU of Northern California, where he works on consumer privacy, surveillance, and the preservation of free speech online; he tweets @snowjake