Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Privacy Golden State

Wired News: Golden State of Privacy

In this Wired News story, a few privacy bills were approved by California lawmakers and signed into law by Governor Schwarzenegger.

Comments by Privacy Rights Clearing House's director Beth Givens, who described the bill as "legislation by horror story," applauded the bill's broader message to all sorts of businesses.

Any bill emphasizing privacy for Californians is a good bill only because California leads the nation in lawmaking. Where California goes, the nation follows.

Two elements of the law most commented on were stopping phone directories from listing cell phone numbers against the will of the owners of those cell phone numbers and a separate section disallowing rental car companies from using GPS tracking devices from tracking customers who speed or leave the state with the cars.

Privacy is struggling to hold on and California leads the struggle. I love living here for more reasons than most. Privacy legislation can now be added to my list.

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