California Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed a sweeping data privacy law that allows Californians to prohibit the sale of their personal data to third parties by tech companies.
The law also broadens the definition of what is considered personal, adding extra protections to consumers who are concerned about their privacy rights.
California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon said the bill was “the most robust set of Internet privacy protections in the nation.”
“A constitutional right to privacy is unique to California and has served as the basis for many groundbreaking privacy laws enacted over the years. Today, we continue that tradition,” Rendon said.
And Ashkan Soltani, a digital researcher and former chief technologist for the Federal Trade Commission, told The Wall Street Journal the regulations are the first of their kind in the United States.