Consumer Reports (CR) writes in support of SB 1059 to strengthen California’s data broker registry. Data brokers buy and sell consumer information, almost always without the consumers’ knowledge. In 2019, CR supported the creation of a public, mandatory data broker registry to help bring these businesses out of the shadows, and to make it easier for consumers to exercise their privacy rights under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) with respect to these companies. Now, we recommend updating the data broker registry through SB 1059, to ensure consistency with the CCPA as amended by Proposition 24, and to better ensure that the registry works for consumers.
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