CA passed the the toughest online statewide privacy law in the nation

Facebook logo is displayed in a start-up companies gathering at Paris’ Station F, in Paris, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

A seismic shift in the way Americans view their data has occurred in the past few months, with the Facebook Cambridge Analytic scandal at the epicenter.

The public’s persistent demand for transparency and accountability is finally paying dividends, at least in California.

On Thursday, in a matter of hours, the golden state got Gov. Jerry Brown’s stamp of approval on what Consumer Watchdog’s Jamie Court called “the toughest online statewide privacy law in the nation.”

The legislation, which will go into effect January 1, 2020,  gives consumers the right to find out what information companies are collecting on them and who it is being shared with, demand their data is deleted and prohibit it from being sold. In the event of a breach consumers may also be able to sue up to $750 dollars for each instance.

Host Michael Finney invited Court, an expert on the topic, to discuss the details, including a loophole in the statute that could create a pay for privacy scenario! Listen below!

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