CA Broadband Privacy Bill Shelved

California’s broadband privacy bill (A.B. 375), which would have reinstated the FCC’s privacy rules, died in the “final minutes of [the] legislative session,” according to an update from the Los Angeles Times. Sponsored by Assemblyman Ed Chau, the legislation would have required internet service providers to get users’ opt-in consent before sharing their internet browsing data with advertisers. Congress voted to roll back the FCC’s broadband privacy rules using the Congressional Review Act earlier this year. Much like they did at the federal level, tech and telecom companies including Google and AT&T came together to lobby against the state measure. Former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler backed the California bill and argued its passage could set an important precedent. Massachusetts, Minnesota and New York are among states weighing similar policies. Source: Politico Morning Tech


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