At state hearing on CCPA, lawmakers seek input on potential changes

(Feb 21, 2019) At a hearing at the California State Assembly in Sacramento Wednesday, members of the Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee sought to hear from witnesses about the California Consumer Protection Act — specifically, what must be amended about the law before it becomes effective Jan. 1, 2020. During the three-hour hearing, industry representatives, academics and advocates voiced concerns about the CCPA's private right of action, the law's definitions of terms as they stand now, and the ability... Read More

At Calif. Assembly hearing, lawmakers seek input on CCPA

(Feb 21, 2019) At a hearing at the California State Assembly in Sacramento Wednesday, members of the Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee sought to hear from witnesses about the California Consumer Protection Act — specifically, what must be amended about the law before it becomes effective in 2020.  During the three-hour hearing, representatives from the California Chamber of Commerce, California Retailers Association, American Civil Liberties Union and independent academics and researchers, among other... Read More

Microsoft opposes new Washington state facial-recognition bill

(Feb 21, 2019) Microsoft has voiced its opposition to a Washington state bill on facial-recognition technology it claims is too restrictive, Wired reports. The bipartisan rules would no longer allow state and local governments to use facial-recognition tech until it meets certain requirements, such as a report from the state attorney general that states the technology in use is not biased against any group of individuals. Microsoft has already backed a different state bill on the technology that would require ... Read More

Google announces shift in approach to global policy

(Feb 21, 2019) An internal email from Google Global Policy Chief Karan Bhatia outlined a reorganization of the company’s approach to global policy, Bloomberg reports. According to a source familiar with the decision, the move will include additional resources for emerging markets and is a reaction to the ability of policymakers worldwide to regulate the company’s core businesses. Meanwhile, Google announced an “error” in not disclosing a built-in microphone in devices belonging to the company’s Nest Secure hom... Read More

North Dakota House votes to study data protection issues

(Feb 21, 2019) North Dakota’s House unanimously passed legislation to study personal internet data issues, KFGO reports. The bill, introduced by Rep. Jim Kasper, R-Fargo, was originally intended to empower state residents to know what data has been collected by a company and how it has been shared and allow them to request that the data be deleted but was amended to first study the issue. Meanwhile, the House voted against a bill that would make it a Class B misdemeanor for using a drone to spy on or record so... Read More

Op-ed: Marketing industry is 'stuck in a state of cognitive dissonance'

(Feb 21, 2019) In an op-ed for AdExchanger, PMG Programmatic Media Director Justin Scarborough wrote that after speaking with partners, clients and industry leaders, he believes the marketing industry is "stuck in a state of cognitive dissonance." He wrote, "While our organizations and the industry at large talk about what the future looks like, the stark reality is that there’s actually very little buyers and brands can do in our day to day to prepare for the real possibility of a post-cookie, heavily regulat... Read More