California Privacy Proposal Divides Privacy Advocates As Vote Nears

A privacy proposal on the ballot in California next month has divided advocates as voters in the state appear poised to pass what could become the new de facto standard for the U.S.

Opponents of the California Privacy Rights Act in recent weeks have stepped up closing arguments over how aspects of the 52-page proposal could actually weaken a benchmark privacy law that the state began enforcing in July. The criticisms contrast starkly with the stated purpose of the ballot measure, which privacy experts say will set ground rules for much of the digital economy in lieu of a federal standard.

“The text is riddled with things that seem like small changes but in fact will reduce the privacy protections we have today,” said Mary Stone Ross, who helped lead the group behind the California Consumer Privacy Act—the existing law—and is pushing against the proposed replacement.

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