One Clear Message From Voters This Election: More Privacy
In California, ballot measures were approved to restrict commercial use of user data
As the most important outcome of the 2020 election remains in flux, voters in California and Michigan approved new privacy laws Tuesday: California’s Prop 24, which extends provisions of a 2018 privacy law, and Michigan’s Prop 2, which consolidates piecemeal orders into a requirement for police to seek search warrants before seizing electronic data.
Strengthening privacy is one of the few reliably bipartisan endeavors in modern politics, but the two measures scrambled traditional alliances on privacy: The ACLU opposed the California proposition, while police chiefs supported the Michigan measure. If those politics are any indication, privacy in the post-2020 landscape will be odd, iterative, surprisingly bipartisan, and very complicated.
California's Prop 24 ratifies the California Privacy Rights Act, the successor to 2018’s California Consumer Privacy Act. Conceived as a parallel to Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation, the CCPA left many privacy advocates unhappy with loopholes that let Facebook, Google and hordes of anonymous data brokers avoid regulation.
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