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"Friends don’t let friends get spied on.' – Richard Stallman, President of the Free Software Foundation and longtime advocate of privacy in technology.

A New California Internet Privacy Law Returns Power to Consumers

Starting Wednesday, January 1, Californians will have the right to see what information companies are collecting about them and request they stop selling it. The landmark California Consumer Privacy Act has the potential to become a national law if other states follow or companies extend those rights beyond our state lines, privacy advocates say.

Details are available in an article by Arlene Martinez USA Today at

Categories: Online Privacy & Security

1 reply

  1. Oh, wow. I know it’s intended to keep Facebook from selling your soul to General Motors, etc. But I fear unanticipated consequences. Genealogists have a great stake in keeping California data open. The state has already removed some of the early BMD records which used to be on line. Now, will all the valuable old election registrations disappear? And so much more. We are at the mercy of a well intentioned civil servant who will have to interpret the law once the legislators have moved on.


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