What you need to about AB 375
Back in April, Congress sent proposed legislation to President Trump that wiped away the limit of how Internet providers use and sell customer data, Federal officials have now approved that Internet providers can sell your Internet history, app usage, mobile location data, financial information and email content/messages.
In California, lawmakers are trying to reverse the new Federal law by introducing AB 375.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) introduced the bill last week.
2. Assembly Bill (AB) 375 is also known as the California Broadband Internet Privacy Act, which will work in three ways:
- The bill would prohibit an Internet service provider from using, disclosing, selling, or permitting access to customer personal information, except as provided in that act.
- The bill would authorize a customer to give prior opt-in consent, which may be revoked by the customer at any time, to an Internet service provider to use, disclose, sell, or permit access to that customer’s personal information.
- The bill would prohibit an Internet service provider from refusing to serve or to limit service to a customer who does not provide consent or charging a customer a penalty or offering a customer a discount or another benefit based on the customer’s decision to provide consent.
3. AB 375 would require Internet Service Providers, such as Verizon, Comcast and AT&T, to get permission from customers before using, selling or permitting access to data about their browsing history.
4. California is the 20th state to introduce a bill that aims to restore privacy rules since the Federal ruling.
5. According to Assemblymember Chau, “The idea that a person should have some say about how their Internet Service Provider can use, share or sell their personal information is not a controversial question for everyday consumers – it is common sense. Congress and the Administration went against the will of the vast majority of Americans when they revoked the FCC’s own privacy rules in April, but California is going to restore what Washington stripped away.”
6. So far, more than 25 civil rights, consumer protection, privacy, technology, and non-profit organizations support AB 375, including: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of California, Consumer Federation of California and Electronic Frontier Foundation
We at Race Communications, believe with full conviction that your information is private and should be disseminated at your own discretion.
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