National Media Focuses on Facebook Dropping Opposition to the California Consumer Privacy Act

April 12, 2018

After two days of testimony before Congress, Facebook announced that it will be dropping its opposition to the California Consumer Privacy Act. Mainstream news outlets and respected tech blogs took quick notice.

Business Insider

Facebook is backing away from the campaign to kill California's proposed privacy law — right after Zuckerberg was grilled about its data collection practices.
Under scrutiny for how it collects and uses consumer data, Facebook will no longer actively work to defeat a proposed new privacy bill in California.
The social networking company, along with Google and Comcast, has been funding the opposition to the measure, dubbed the California Consumer Privacy Act, and was a part of the campaign committee working against it. But it's withdrawing its support for the opposition campaign, a company spokesman confirmed.

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Los Angeles Times 

Facebook will no longer fund campaign opposing proposed California consumer privacy initiative.
A representative for Facebook said Wednesday that the company would stop contributing funds to a campaign against a 2018 statewide ballot measure that would require companies to disclose what personal information from Californians they collect, buy or share.

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Variety Magazine

Following Capitol Hearings, Facebook Drops Opposition to California Privacy Legislation
Facebook has decided to withdraw its opposition to a California ballot measure that is seeking to strengthen privacy protections for residents of the state, the company confirmed Wednesday. This commitment comes after two days of intense hearings over Facebook’s privacy practices on Capitol Hill.
If approved, the ballot measure would enact a new law called the  California Consumer Privacy Act, which aims to enforce more transparency over data stored by companies, and give consumers a way to opt out of companies selling their data.

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CNET

Facebook drops opposition to California's proposed privacy law
Facebook will cease funding an effort to defeat a proposed consumer privacy law in California as it faces scrutiny from lawmakers over its own privacy protection practices.
Facebook, Google and Comcast each have contributed $200,000 since February to a campaign to defeat the California Consumer Privacy Act. 

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San Francisco Chronicle

Facebook drops opposition to California data privacy ballot measure
Facebook said Wednesday that it would no longer oppose a proposed state ballot initiative that aims to allow Web users to stop tech giants from selling personal information the companies collect about them, among other privacy protections.

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Market Watch

Facebook drops opposition to consumer-privacy measure in California
Facebook Inc. FB, -1.44% is dropping its public opposition to a proposed consumer-privacy law in California, the social-media giant said in a statement late Wednesday. Backers hope to get the California Consumer Privacy Act on the state's November ballot. Among other things, the ballot measure would allow consumers to block tech giants from selling their personal data.

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Gizmodo

Facebook Does the Bare Minimum and Backs Off Opposition to California Privacy Bill
San Fransisco CBS affiliate station KPIX 5 first confirmed that Facebook was no longer planning to stand opposed to the California Consumer Privacy Act, which will be on state ballots later this year. Facebook confirmed its change in position to Variety.
“We took this step in order to focus our efforts on supporting reasonable privacy measures in California,” a Facebook spokesperson told Variety.

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