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Amid The Battle for Consumer Privacy in California

Amendments have been proposed to the recently legislated California Consumer Privacy Act which could give tech giants more leeway as to what they are able to do with the data they get from consumers. Moreover, the amendments open up loopholes that could be exploited by tech companies to the detriment of consumers.

In most cases, the amendments seek to add carefully worded exemptions to the law that would benefit business at the cost of consumer rights. But most upsetting to privacy folk is the withdrawal of an amendment by Assemblymember Buffy Wicks (D-15th District) that incorporated changes that would enhance consumer data privacy rights.
Wicks' proposal would have given consumers more of a say of what is done with their personal data and more power to sue companies that break the rules. But the Assemblymember pulled the measure the day before the hearing because it was not going to get the necessary votes. If a measure is voted down it cannot be reintroduced in that legislative session.

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