California Decides To Abstain From the Anti-privacy Bill Signed By Trump

Last updated: July 5, 2023 Reading time: minutes

Over the past few months, we have witnessed the impacts of the anti-privacy bill signed into law by President Trump. According to this law, the ISPs were empowered not just to monitor us but also to sell our information with liberty. But recently, an Assembly Democrat is working its fingers to the bones in order to resurrect the privacy regulations that limited broadband providers from using customer data.

On Monday, Assemblyman Ed Chau revealed a measure that would ordain the stumbled federal regulations into California state law. According to this bill, the Internet service providers like Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon would require permission from their customers before use of their information. This permission would grant the ISPs to use, sell or permit access to data related to their browsing history.

These restrictions were laid down by the FCC – Federal Communications Commission, under the administration of Obama. However, before these rules went into effect they were brutally crumbled by Trumps’s anti-privacy bill. The repeal of the FCC rules was approved by the Congress and signed over by President Trump.

At a news conference, Ed Chau stated, “Congress and the administration went against the will of the vast majority of Americans when they revoked the FCC rules.” Furthermore, by adding his measure, AB 375, he said, “California is going to restore what Washington stripped away.”

The aftermath of actions implemented by the anti-privacy bill has instigated California to rise against this bill. California is the 20th state that would introduce a bill to reinforce the privacy rules. Supporters of this bill know quite well that they will have to encounter severe antagonism from ISPs. They also acknowledged that a possible challenge may also rise that will question the integrity of these state-level regulations with the federal law.

The legislative counsel for EFF, Ernesto Falcon said that he was confident that the proposed bill would not be confiscated by federal law. This is because, traditionally, communications law has allowed a distribution of responsibilities between the federal government and the state.

A cluster of consumer groups and privacy advocates were seen boosting the bill at a Capitol news conference, including Ed Chau.

The legislative coordinator for the American Civil Liberties Union of California, Becca Cramer stated, “AB 375 means that no Californian will be forced to pay for access to the Internet with their money and their privacy rights.”

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