California new law tightens the noose on data miners

Jul 02, 2018, 8:44 AM EDT
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California has enacted a new legislation, the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, which restricts tech giants from harvesting, sharing and selling the consumers’ data without their consent while empowering the users to opt-out of having their data sold without being penalized.

The law, which comes into effect in January 2020, gives the attorney general the power to penalize companies if they fail to put up a robust system to protect user data, reports WRAL Tech Wire.

After the U.S. lawmakers’ laxity in the wake of Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal, California’s online privacy law sets a precedent for other states to get equally tough law in place, writes Futurism.