California is once again seeking to set the trend in privacy legislation, having recently passed three bills related to data privacy. One of those bills, AB 370, would mandate operators of websites and mobile apps to include disclosures in their privacy policies on how they respond to “do not track” signals or other consumer choice mechanisms, as well as whether third parties collect personal information about the consumer’s online activities across websites. The second bill, SB 568, would require operators of a website or mobile app to permit anyone under the age of 18 to remove content posted online. The last bill, SB 467, would require law enforcement to obtain a warrant to obtain emails on a provider’s server, regardless of how long it was stored and whether or not it had been opened. Business that is collect personal information about California residents online should take the time to revisit and amend their privacy policies, especially if and when these bills become law.
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