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July 3, 2018 > California data privacy bill moves forward

California data privacy bill moves forward

By Sophia Bollag Associated Press

A sweeping California data privacy bill has cleared its first major hurdle in the Legislature.

It would give Californians more control over the data they share with companies by allowing them to ask companies to delete it or refrain from selling it. The state Senate passed the bill 36-0 on June 28 and it now heads to the state Assembly.

State Sen. Bob Hertzberg said it would be the most far-reaching data privacy policy in the country. Lawmakers negotiated it to keep a similar data privacy initiative off the November ballot. Enacting the policy through the legislature will allow for easier changes in the future.

Lawmakers were scrambling to get the bill to Gov. Jerry Brown for his signature before the 5 p.m. June 29 deadline to withdraw initiatives from the ballot.

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