Tech firms, groups oppose Calif. bill on user data

04/7/2013 | Wall Street Journal, The

Technology companies and industry groups are aligning to oppose a bill in California that would require companies to disclose the personal data they collect and who they share it with, this article notes. Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal, who introduced the proposed Right to Know Act, says California needs to advance privacy protections for consumers because of changes in technology over the past decade. "In 2003, the biggest problem people had with privacy was telemarketing," she says. "Today, there are so many different mobile apps that can track location and spending habits that it's time for an update in state law."

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