Consumer and Children’s Advocacy Groups Join Coalition Supporting California Consumer Privacy Act
Center for Digital Democracy, Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and Privacy Rights Clearinghouse Join Broad Coalition of Privacy Groups and Businesses in Support of Initiative
Sacramento, Calif. – Today, Californians for Consumer Privacy announced that the Center for Digital Democracy, the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and Privacy Rights Clearinghouse officially endorsed the California Consumer Privacy Act for the November ballot.
The Center for Digital Democracy is a national consumer protection and privacy organization at the forefront of research, public education, and advocacy protecting consumers in the digital age. The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood is a national movement working for the rights of children to grow up—and the freedom for parents to raise them—without being undermined by commercial interests. Privacy Rights Clearinghouse is a nonprofit consumer education and advocacy organization that works to engage, educate and empower consumers to protect their privacy.
"The California Consumer Privacy Act ballot initiative will limit the selling and sharing of individual personal information by digital tech companies to third parties. This in turn will reduce some of the most egregious practices of the digital data industry," said Katharina Kopp, Director of Policy at the Center for Digital Democracy. "We support this important initiative, which is a critical first start to begin protecting the privacy of Americans."
“California is taking a leadership role and giving vulnerable kids and families protection against corporate snooping on their internet use,” said David Monahan, Campaign Manager at the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. “Every time a child is on the internet their sensitive information is collected and shared for profit, and often used to send them targeted advertising. The California Consumer Privacy Act will give parents the ability to say no—my child’s privacy comes first. We’re confident the voters will send a loud message to Big Tech on Election Day when they vote Yes for data privacy protections.”
“The California Consumer Privacy Act helps secure privacy rights for all Californians during a time when we have seen little meaningful action in our legislature,” said Meghan Land, Executive Director for Privacy Rights Clearinghouse. “We support this initiative to ensure users can find out what data is being collected about them, stop the sale of personal information, and hold businesses accountable in the event of data breaches.”
The Center for Digital Democracy and the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood join Consumers Union, Consumer Federation of California, Duck Duck Go, Consumer Action and other privacy-focused organizations and businesses in officially endorsing the measure.
"We need to raise the standards for privacy so consumers have more choices and control over their personal information,” saidJustin Brookman, Director of Consumer Privacy and Technology Policy at Consumers Union. “That's why Consumers Union is supporting the California Consumer Privacy Act, which would extend essential protections to all California consumers."
The California Consumer Privacy Act recently cleared a major hurdle and submitted 625,000 signatures statewide to qualify for the November 2018 ballot.
About the California Consumer Privacy Act
The California Consumer Privacy Act on the ballot in November 2018 establishes new, groundbreaking consumer privacy rights and empowers consumers to take back control over their personal information.
The California Consumer Privacy Act:
- Establishes the right to know what information big businesses are collecting about you, your devices and your children;
- Gives you the ability to tell companies to stop selling your personal information; and
- Empowers you to hold companies accountable for data breaches and breaking the law.