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Data Privacy

California passes ‘strongest in nation’ data privacy bill limiting data harvesting

California has passed a landmark data privacy bill that restricts the data-harvesting practices of technology companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon and gives consumers more control over their personal information.

The California Consumer Privacy Act is designed to provide new protections to the state’s 40 million residents in the wake of major privacy breaches including the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

The new rules give Californians the right to see what information is being collected about them and to request that data be deleted, to find out whether their information is being sold to third parties including advertisers and to request that they stop doing so.

Consumer protection groups celebrated the passing of the bill as a major victory.

Source: The Guardian