SACRAMENTO, California., October 17, 2020 / PRNewswire / – The anticipated harms of Proposition 24 to consumers, workers, immigrants and small businesses have created a rare alliance of opponents that spans the political spectrum.
Leading opposition consumer, privacy and good government groups include the ACLU, the League of Voters of California, Federation of Consumers California, the California Alliance of Retired Americans, Consumer Action, Public Citizen, Californians for Privacy Now, and Center for Digital Democracy.
The wealthy Prop 24 sponsor met behind closed doors with Facebook and tech lobbyists as he drafted the so-called “privacy” initiative.1 Tech companies are silent on the Prop 24. The Chronicle of San Francisco Opposing Prop 24 editorial concludes that tech giants do not view Prop 24 as a threat to their privacy invasion practices.2
Consumer and privacy groups oppose Proposition 24’s approval of payment-for-privacy programs, its elimination of privacy rights when Californians travel outside of the country. State and its current law changes that make it more difficult for consumers to prevent businesses from selling their confidential personal data.
Advocates of vulnerable communities are alarmed that Proposition 24 will create privacy haves and have-nots. Millions of Californians struggling during a pandemic and high unemployment cannot afford to pay more to protect their privacy. They will be forced to choose between good online connections without privacy or inferior internet access if they claim their privacy rights. Prop 24 also omits immigration status as a category of confidential information and eliminates the right of individuals to remove information posted on Facebook or other social media platforms, which puts immigrants at greater risk of intimidation. and deportation.
Color of Change, leader of labor and civil rights Dolores Huerta, The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA), Black Lives Matter Los Angeles, the California Environmental Justice Alliance and other advocates for low-income people, immigrants, and communities of color oppose Prop 24.
Unions which oppose Prop 24 include the California Nurses Association and the Communications Workers of America District 9, AFL-CIO. Proposition 24 delays the right of workers to find out what personal information unrelated to job performance is secretly collected by employers.
At the same time, Prop 24 is an expensive burden on small businesses. Companies are already spending so much $ 55 billion to comply with a new privacy law that has become fully operational July 1, 2020, according to a report released by the California Department of Finance.3 It is too early to know how well this brand new privacy law is working and what needs to be fixed. Prop 24 will impose a new round of compliance costs at a time when many small businesses are barely surviving a severe economic recession. The California Small Business Association, the Orange County Business Council, the Chambers of Trade in Riverside, San Luis Obispo, and West Sacramento, and other groups of small businesses oppose Proposal 24. The San Diego Union-Tribune Opposing Prop 24 op-ed states “Too early to remake California current Internet privacy law. “4
Large tech companies are likely to gain an unfair advantage, as the costs of Prop 24 are a handicap to any potential new competition. The Orange County Register The op-ed op against Prop 24 notes that “The tech giants will never again be threatened by a start-up in someone’s garage.”5
Also uniting this diverse coalition of opponents of Prop 24 raises serious concerns about its restrictions that prevent lawmakers from correcting its flaws or strengthening the right to privacy. This concern is taken up by jurists6 and editorials opposed to Prop 24 in the San Jose Mercury News7, the Californian Bakersfield8 and other dailies. Consumer Reports wrote that Prop 24 “is designed to compute a particular (and relatively weak) mode of privacy protection.”9
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