WHO

Californians for Consumer Privacy is dedicated to protecting and expanding privacy rights for consumers.

Californians for Consumer Privacy (CCP) is the sponsor of Proposition 24, the Californian Privacy Rights Act (CPRA), that passed in November 2020 with over 9.3 million votes. Prop 24 safeguards our kids’ online privacy, reduces the threat of Identity theft and gives us the important privacy rights that we need to take back control over our personal data. CCP was also the sponsor of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) ballot referendum signed by 629,000 Californians that qualified for the November 2018 ballot. After that initiative qualified, the California State Legislature worked with CCP to pass groundbreaking consumer privacy legislation in June 2018. When Big Tech firms spent 2019 trying to water down our new privacy law, CCP filed an initiative to both protect and expand the CCPA that gathered over 900,000 signatures in early 2020 and subsequently was approved by voters in November 2020 as Proposition 24.

Our Team

 

Alastair Mactaggart
Board Chair and Founder, Californians for Consumer Privacy

Alastair Mactaggart has been building housing in the Bay Area for over 20 years. He believes that all Californians, and people worldwide, should have the fundamental right of data privacy and be able to control their OWN personal information. He believes that it’s not right that companies you’ve never heard of, can buy more information about you (and sell it for a profit), than even your closest friends know. And that you have no control over the process. He advocates for the online privacy of children and believes that parents should have a choice about how their family’s data is sold.

Celine Mactaggart
Board Member and Founder, Californians for Consumer Privacy 

Celine is a nonprofit professional whose current work focuses on healthcare, gender equity and women’s empowerment. She has served as a Director of local nonprofits including Girls on the Run Bay Area, the Board of Regents at St. Mary’s College, the George Mark Children’s House, and Cal Performances at UC Berkeley. Celine is the current Chair-Elect of the Board of Women in Leadership and Philanthropy at the University of San Francisco, an Advisory Board member of the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation, and is the founder of a nonprofit dedicated to decreasing the incidences of skin cancer. She is particularly interested in data privacy as it relates to children and women.

Rick Arney
Board Member, Californians For Consumer Privacy

Rick has worked in the financial industry for over two decades, but some of his fondest work memories come from his time working in the California State Legislature after business school, where he was responsible for analyzing the financial impact of proposed laws.  He believes in a future where consumers have meaningful control over their privacy, identity theft is minimized and children’s profiles and preferences are protected.

Robin Swanson
General Consultant and Campaign Manager, Californians for Consumer Privacy

Robin Swanson is the general consultant and campaign manager for Californians for Consumer Privacy. Swanson is a strategist and communications expert with more than 20 years of political experience in Washington, D.C. and Sacramento, California. Swanson specializes in strategic communications and media relations, in addition to regularly providing on-air commentary for local, national and international news programs including KCRA-3 (NBC), CNN, CNN International and the BBC.

Nicolette Velazquez
Press Secretary, Californians for Consumer Privacy

Nicolette Velazquez is the press secretary for Californians for Consumer Privacy.

Advisory Board

Andrew Yang
Presidential Candidate (D), Entrepreneur and Founder of Humanity Forward

Mr. Yang is an American entrepreneur and former presidential candidate. Yang began working in early stage growth companies as a founder or executive from 2000 to 2009. In 2011, he founded Venture for America (VFA), a nonprofit organization focused on creating jobs in cities struggling to recover from the Great Recession. He was a 2020 Democratic candidate for President and is currently the founder of Humanity Forward.

Shoshana Zuboff
Professor Emerita at Harvard Business School 

Ms. Zuboff is author of the books In the Age of the Smart Machine: The Future of Work and Power; The Support Economy: Why Corporations Are Failing Individuals and the Next Episode of Capitalism (co-authored with James Maxmin) and The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power. She is the Charles Edward Wilson Professor Emerita at Harvard Business School and a former Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School.

Celine Mactaggart
Co-founder, Californians for Consumer Privacy

Ms. Mactaggart is a nonprofit professional whose current work focuses on healthcare, gender equity and women’s empowerment. She has served as a Director of local nonprofits including Girls on the Run Bay Area, the Board of Regents at St. Mary’s College, the George Mark Children’s House, and Cal Performances at UC Berkeley. Celine is the current Chair-Elect of the Board of Women in Leadership and Philanthropy at the University of San Francisco, an Advisory Board member of the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation, and is the founder of a nonprofit dedicated to decreasing the incidences of skin cancer. She is particularly interested in data privacy as it relates to children and women.

Sen. Robert Hertzberg
California Senate Majority Leader

Senate Majority Leader Robert Hertzberg was first elected to the California State Assembly in 1996. He then served as the 64th Speaker of the California State Assembly, unanimously elected by both parties in 2000 and 2001. After his tenure as Speaker, Hertzberg set out to the private sector as a clean energy entrepreneur and in 2014, he returned to state government when he was again elected to represent nearly 1 million people in the San Fernando Valley in the California State Senate. This made Hertzberg one of only six lawmakers in California history to serve as Assembly Speaker and subsequently win a seat in the Senate, where he now serves as Majority Leader.

Ashkan Soltani
Former CTO, Federal Trade Commission

Ashkan Soltani is an independent researcher and technologist specializing in privacy, security, and technology policy. His work draws attention to privacy problems online, demystifies technology for the non-technically inclined, and provides data-driven insights to help inform policy. He’s previously served as a Senior Advisor to the U.S. Chief Technology Officer in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and as the Chief Technologist for the Federal Trade Commission, advising the commission on its technology related policy as well as helping to create its new Office of Technology Research and Investigation.

Jim Steyer
CEO and Founder, Common Sense Media

Mr. Steyer is CEO of Common Sense Media and author of “Talking Back to Facebook.” Jim has spent more than 20 years as one of the most respected experts and entrepreneurs on issues related to children’s policy and media in the United States. As CEO, he is responsible for the overall leadership of Common Sense Media, the nation’s leading nonpartisan organization dedicated to improving the media lives of kids and families. Prior to founding Common Sense, Jim was Chairman and CEO of JP Kids, a respected family media company.

Dr. Lisa Strohman
JD, PhD, Founder & Director of Digital Citizen Academy

Dr. Lisa Strohman, psychologist, attorney, author, and mother established Digital Citizen Academy to help keep families safe from online dangers.  Her background working as a visiting scholar with the profiling unit at the FBI during one of the most tragic school shootings in the US helped create her passion to help proactively prevent and educate students, educators and parents on issues related to technology.  Dr. Strohman holds a Bachelors in Psychology from the University of California, Davis, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and later earned a PhD and J.D., completing a joint integrated program in Law and Psychology at Villanova and Drexel Universities.

Policy Advisors and Industry Liaisons

Lydia F. de la Torre
Adjunct Professor at Santa Clara Law School

Lydia is the leading national expert on California privacy law. Lydia works as Of Counsel at Squire Patton Boggs and as adjunct professor at Santa Clara Law School. As a dual qualified attorney (US/EU), Lydia advises organizations on complex EU, US, and international privacy and data protection issues. Lydia is the former co-director of the Santa Clara Privacy Program and the editor of GoldenData, a legal blog about data laws.

Tom Kemp
CEO and Co-Founder of Multiple Tech Companies

Tom Kemp has co-founded/co-built enterprise technology companies such as Centrify, Idaptive and NetIQ. Most recently under his 10+ year leadership as CEO of Centrify, a leading cybersecurity vendor, Centrify grew to over $100m in annual revenue, was named one of the hottest enterprise cloud companies by a number of respected industry analysts, and amassed over 5,000 customers including over 60% of the Fortune 50. In 2018 Kemp was selected as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award Finalist in Northern California. 

Get in Touch

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