Technology Strictest digital privacy law in the United States becomes law in California in 2020
Senate Democrats propose sweeping data privacy bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are proposing a broad federal data privacy law that would allow people to see what information companies have collected on them and demand that it be deleted. But the bill is likely to face bipartisan challenges in the Republican-controlled Senate. Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington is leading the effort. The bill, called the Consumer Online Privacy Rights Act, is similar to one set to take effect in California in January. But the federal bill would largely leave that and other state laws in place — a move that is certain to face opposition from the technology industry, which has been calling for a single federal data privacy law.
It could be the dawn of a new age for digital privacy in the United States.
Starting on Jan. 1, Californians will gain the right to request, review and erase their digital profiles personal information that has been collected by businesses — giving consumers the opportunity to have more digital privacy. Additionally, under the California Consumer Privacy Act, orif a company is asked by a California consumer not to sell his or her data, companies will be legally obligated to oblige.
"If we do this right in California," California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said, according to the, the state will "put the capital P back into privacy for all Americans."
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For years companies have been collecting data on consumers, often without their knowledge. This data includes personal information ranging from purchase history to location to religion to sexual orientation. Businesses then sell this data to third-party companies for a profit.
Unlike the U.S. Constitution, the California Constitution recognizes privacy as an inalienable right. Because of this, Californians will have the ability to know what personal information is being collected by which company, the sources of that information, and to whom that information is being sold.
The law also forbids the sale of personal information from a child under the age of 16 without consent.
New year, new laws: Here are some of the changes coming Jan. 1, 2020
Minimum wage hikes, fees for electric vehicles, new consumer privacy rules and gun regulations are among the changes across the United States. Minimum wage hikes, fees for electric vehicles, new consumer privacy rules, gun regulations -- these are just a few of the issues state legislatures have dipped into or will be dipping into over the next decade.
It’s not just big technology companies that will be forced to listen to consumers the law applies to any company that interacts with a California resident, so businesses like retailers and banks will have to comply, too.
Since California is home to a tenth of the United States’ population, as well as many of the nation’s largest and most profitable companies, this law could become a de facto national standard.
While CCPA creates unparalleled digital-privacy rights, it does place the burden of responsibility on the consumer and not the business.
“The bill would grant a consumer the right to request deletion of personal information and would require the business to delete upon receipt of a verified request,”
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If a consumer requests a business to delete and not sell his or her personal information, a company must comply, as long as that information is neither necessary to protect against fraud or to finish a transaction. If a business fails to create security practices and a consumers’ data is breached, that consumer can take the issue up with the state attorney general. But for any repercussion to take place, the consumer must take action.
Additionally, the California attorney general cannot take any legal action until six months after the law comes into effect. But once June rolls around “any person, business, or service provider that intentionally violates this title may be liable for a civil penalty of up to seven thousand five hundred dollars ($7,500) for each violation,” according to the act.
While the law largely benefits the consumer, there are a few loop-holes that give businesses an advantage. CCPA allows companies to start collecting data the next time a consumer does business with it, even if that consumer already requested the company delete his or her personal data.
Federal Council decides on electronic ankle cuffs for endangered persons
Extremist endangered persons may be forced to wear ankle cuffs in the future. The Federal Council passed a law on Friday that allows the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) to monitor residence if there are indications of a possible attack. The state chamber also approved a law on the surveillance of residence of convicted extremists.
A prerequisite for an ankle restraint for dangerous persons is a judicial order. Specifically, according to the BKA law, the ankle bracelet can be ordered if certain facts justify the assumption that the perpetrator could commit an attack or that his behavior indicates this.
However, the law only applies to those hazards for which the BKA is responsible. Basically, however, the federal states are responsible for endangers: they now have to pass their own laws if they also want electronic leg cuffs for endangers in their area.
According to the residence surveillance law, which has also been passed, the electronic ankle bracelet should also be approved for those extremist criminals who have been convicted of serious crimes, the preparation of a serious state-violent crime, the financing of terrorism or the support of extremist associations.
The ankle bracelet is a waterproof GPS transmitter that is attached to the ankle with a fastening tape. If this band is destroyed, the transmitter triggers an alarm. There is also one if you leave previously defined areas.
The BKA law also creates the legal basis for a central database at the BKA, in which information on certain events is brought together. The amendment also lays the foundation for the "Police 2020" project. It provides for a general modernization of the IT systems for the police, including the abolition of double structures in the countries.
Researchers develop app letting users opt out of IoT device data collection practices outside the home .
On Wednesday, researchers at Carnegie Melon's Security and Privacy Institute, CyLab, announced that they've created a mobile app that gives users the power to opt out of public and private data collection practices conducted by IoT connected devices. Recently, researchers at Carnegie Melon's Security and Privacy Institute (CyLab) created an incredibly powerful tool that anyone can use to keep themselves and their digital information private.As data collection and digital privacy laws become stricter across the world with the implementation of orders like California's Consumer Privacy Act and Europe's General Data Protection Regulation, scientists and cybersecurity specialists have been developing ways for users to
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