The day the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 was passed, Alastair Mactaggart's kids, ages 7, 6 and 4, got ice cream for dessert. On a weeknight. That never happens. Dessert is only for weekends in Mactaggart's Bay Area home. But this was a really big deal. A landmark privacy bill had passed California's legislature, one that never would have passed without a grassroots effort by three obscure civilians, Mactaggart as the financier, who felt it was time consumers had more control over their own data. But, depending on who you ask, the ice cream celebrations could have been premature. In this article for The Privacy Advisor, Angelique Carson, CIPP/US, talks to the lawmakers and organizers involved in getting AB 375 passed about whether the effort was a success or a miscalculation.
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