“I am so grateful to Attorney General Rob Bonta for the trust and confidence he has placed in me, and am humbled and honored to join the board of the California Privacy Protection Agency.  I look forward to working with my colleagues to uphold and strengthen privacy laws for all Californians,” said Alastair Mactaggart, Board Chair and Founder of Californians for Consumer Privacy, which created and worked for the successful passage of both the California Consumer Privacy Act and the California Privacy Rights Act of 2020 (Prop 24). “I am eager to help the Agency exercise its powers to educate and protect consumers, and serve as an enforcement mechanism to help Californians protect their data.”

“There are real threats out there, whether it’s businesses not taking privacy seriously enough, or proposed federal legislation (the American Data Privacy & Protection Act) that would preempt all of California’s hard-won privacy protections, and deprive 40 million Californians of many vital rights,” Mactaggart added.  “I hope I can help the Agency inform Californians about their rights, and help protect the California Privacy Rights Act.” 

The California Privacy Rights Act gives Californians among the strongest online privacy rights in the world, including protecting sensitive personal information, tripling fines against companies that violate kids’ data, establishing an enforcement arm for consumers, and making it harder to weaken privacy laws in the future.