Weekly IP Buzz for the week ending October 19, 2018
Here's a summary of interesting developments in intellectual property, technology, social media, and Internet law for the week ending October 19, 2018.
Congressman Pens Internet Privacy Bill of Rights
Representative Ro Khanna from California has penned a list of ten guiding principles that he hopes to serve as an Internet Privacy Bill of Rights aimed at protecting the privacy of consumers online.
The proposed bill calls for Internet neutrality, the consumers’ right to choose Internet service providers, an overhaul and greater transparency in the policies of how data is collected by technology companies, requirements to opt-in and provide consent for data collection, and timely notification by companies if security breaches occur.
Many consumers and lawmakers alike agree that a federal law overseeing how companies handle consumers’ privacy and data rights is long overdue in the United States.
Read the ten drafted items of the Privacy Bill of Rights and article here.
California Consumer Privacy Act Takes Effect in 2020
California made history recently by passing the California Consumer Privacy Act after unanimous agreement between the California State Assembly and State Senate. While the new 2018 law will not take effect until 2020, both consumers and technology companies in California are deeply concerned about what the new law entails.
With the passage of the California Consumer Privacy Act, California now boasts the most stringent data privacy protection laws in the United States. As such, the state government chose to specifically postpone full enactment of the law until 2020 in order to give both consumers and companies significant time to understand the new rights, expectations, and responsibilities for both communities. California legislators state that their intention in passing the law was to give consumers much more significant control over the dissemination, collection, and sale of their personal data online.
Read more here.
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