Infrastructure & Environment

California Governor Signs Internet Security, Hemp, Mattress Recycling Bills

Californians who use the Internet will get new protection against identity theft and tracking of their personal data under a cluster of bills signed into law Friday by Gov. Jerry Brown.
September 30, 2013

Californians who use the Internet will get new protection against identity theft and tracking of their personal data under a cluster of bills signed into law Friday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

One measure requires state agencies and businesses that operate websites to notify people when security information, including their user names and passwords, has been breached.

"Many consumers now conduct their day-to-day personal business online, including banking and paying bills, which creates more opportunities for sophisticated cybercriminals to access and steal their personal information," said Sen. Ellen M. Corbett (D-San Leandro), who introduced the measure, SB 46.

Separate legislation by Assemblywoman Nora Campos (D-San Jose) requires local government agencies to notify residents if a data breach has occurred that could compromise their personal data. That bill is AB 1149.

The governor also signed a measure mandating that websites tell users if tracking technology is being employed to collect information about their online activities.

Some Web browsers offer "do not track" setting, but sites aren't legally required to comply with such a request.

The new law, by Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) will let Internet users know if a particular site or mobile app is honoring the "do not track" request. The California attorney general's office supported the bill, AB 370.

Brown also approved a measure aimed at guarding the privacy of public transit riders who pay with electronic fare cards, such as the Transit Access Pass (TAP) card in Los Angeles County.

The measure limits the use of personal information, including travel data that is collected each time a card is swiped. The personal data cannot be sold under the terms of AB 179 by Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima).

In all, the governor signed 26 bills Friday, including one that makes California the first state to require recycling of old mattresses.

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