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CALIFORNIA’S PROPOSED STRENGTHENED DATA PRIVACY LAW TERMINATED

Posted in Data Protection Law Compliance, Proposed Law

It appears that John Connor is not the only thing from the future in Governor Schwarzenegger’s crosshairs. The Governator vetoed the update to California´s landmark privacy protection law (AB 700), known as SB 20, which California’s State Legislature previously approved and we reported about here. SB 20 was proposed by State Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto).

Simitan, the author of California’s existing privacy legislation (AB 700), created a bill that had no apparent opposition. In fact, Simitan has a record of creating trend-setting legislation in the privacy field, with more than 40 states adopting legislation similar to the legislation that he authored for California (AB 700). Scientific American named Simitan as member of the “Scientific American 50” in 2003 in the “Privacy & Security” category for his work on California’s existing legislation (AB 700).

The California Chronicle quoted Simitan as saying “I’m surprised as well as disappointed by the Governor’s veto. There was no opposition to the bill in its final form. This was a common sense step to help consumers.”

As a refresher, SB 20 would accomplish two major goals. First, SB 20 would have required that the notification letters sent to victims “contain specific information designed to help victims safeguard their privacy. This includes the type of personal information exposed, a description of the incident, and when it took place.”

Second, SB 20 would also have required that parties that have a (single event) data breach that affects more than 500 California residents provide a copy of the notification letter to the state Attorney General’s office.

While the basis for the Governor’s veto of SB 20 was not immediately apparent, it is likely that Simitan will reintroduce this legislation with some adjustments.