As Sen. Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) approaches his term limit in California’s State Senate this year, he notes some concern that privacy is becoming less of a legislative focus in California. “As I walk out the door, there are fewer members today than a few years ago who are spending significant time on privacy issues,” Simitian says in this exclusive for The Privacy Advisor. During his 12-year tenure, Simitian gained recognition among privacy advocates for passing bills on issues ranging from library records to electronic toll collection to malicious e-personation. But he was perhaps most notably responsible for AB 700, which would lay the foundation for data breach notification in almost every other state in the nation. Editor’s Note: Sen. Simitian will present a keynote address at the IAPP Privacy Academy in San Jose, CA, October 10-12.
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