Will the California Legislature Demand That Tech Protect Kids' Privacy?
There is great news coming out of California for families concerned about digital well-being. A new bill, co-sponsored by Common Sense, has been introduced to help protect consumers' data privacy and give special protections to kids under 16. The bill is called the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CalCPA), and it's on a fast track to a vote in the California Legislature.
The CalCPA will make California the first state to give consumers online control over their personal information so that they can better protect their privacy, with special protections for kids under 16.
A recent poll by Common Sense and Survey Monkey found that families are taking steps to protect their sensitive information. Now it's time for our leaders to do the same.
This bill is a critical first step to protect the privacy of kids, families, and all consumers, but we still have more work to do. If it passes, this legislation would offer protections for the 40 million residents of California -- that still leaves 288 million Americans without privacy rights online. But passing meaningful privacy legislation in the home of Silicon Valley is an important start in making sure big tech takes consumer privacy seriously.
People, not companies, should decide what happens to our data -- especially given all the sensitive information being collected about kids. This bill is the first step to making sure that we can.
So will the California Legislature protect consumer privacy and start reining in tech? We hope the answer is a resounding YES.
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