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President Trump this month signed a resolution to undo internet privacy rules that would have kept companies like AT&T and Comcast from selling users’ browsing histories and other personal data.
But California, a pioneer of privacy protections, has so far been silent.
That could soon change.
Assemblyman Ed Chau, a Democrat who heads the Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee, said he was holding meetings on steps the Legislature could take to safeguard personal information.
“California has been at the leading edge of innovation in approaching privacy issues and consumer protection for years, and there is no reason for that to change,” he said in a statement.
Some lawmakers have argued that the privacy rules, drafted last October by the Federal Communications Commission, would have unfairly targeted telecom carriers, while sparing web companies like Google and Facebook that also provide access to user data.
“They really created an unlevel playing field,” said State Senator Joel Anderson, a Republican who has worked on digital privacy. He added, “They gave free rein to Google and to Facebook.”
Privacy groups have noted that consumers can avoid a website with objectionable user terms. But to go online, you have to contract with a broadband provider.
That doesn’t mean letting the web services off the hook, said Richard Holober, executive director of the Consumer Federation of California, a nonprofit.
“We’d love them to go after Google,” he said. “But you start with the folks who have unfettered control of watching everything you’re doing.”
Any effort to reproduce the overturned federal rules in California is by no means a lock.
Nicole Ozer, the technology and civil liberties policy director for the American Civil Liberties Union of California, said lawmakers had introduced “many, many bills” over the years intended to shore up digital privacy.
“Unfortunately, very few of them have been signed into law,” she said.
One of those was in 2015, when Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that required law enforcement to get a warrant before accessing user data.
The latest privacy debate, however, differs in a crucial way: It threatens business interests in a state where tech companies enjoy tremendous influence.
“Technology is a very large industry in California,” Ms. Ozer said, “so I think there are a lot of legislators who are very cognizant of those issues.”
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• “We’re witnessing a transition to a post-oasis landscape in Southern California,” a forester said. [Los Angeles Times]
• A child born in Richmond is expected to die five years earlier than one born in nearby San Francisco. [Opinion | The New York Times]
• A Southern California law school became the first fully accredited one in the country to shut down. [The New York Times]
• A top law enforcement official proposed declaring Kern County a “non-sanctuary county.” [Bakersfield Californian]
• They are app makers and podcasters and they are possibly at risk from President Trump’s immigration policies. [The New York Times]
• Why does Facebook keep winning against rivals like Snapchat? It’s because of the network. [The New York Times]
• A darling of Silicon Valley investors, Juicero created $400 gadgets that squeeze juice from bags of fruit. Turns out they can be squeezed by hand. [Bloomberg]
• Appointments with this Los Angeles hairstylist are more like emotional exorcisms — if you’re into that kind of thing. [The New York Times]
• More than 1,600 American breweries were analyzed to create a ranking of top craft beer towns. No. 1? Santa Rosa. [The Pudding]
And Finally …
The Dubs are finna go undefeated, yaddadi-mean?
If you didn’t understand that, there’s a new book that might be able to help. (See definitions below.)
“Talk Like a Californian” is a pronunciation and slang guide to the state.
The author, Colleen Dunn Bates (who uses the pen name Helena Ventura), said she wrote the slim book mostly for fun. But it could also help save new arrivals to California from embarrassment.
“I’ve heard the same thing my whole life: people moving to L.A. and pronouncing Sepulveda, Sep-ul-VAY-duh,” she said. “It’s one of those rituals of shame that newcomers to L.A. go through.”
Beyond helpful pronunciations, the book gives a slang tour according to a few linguistic categories: statewide, Northern California, Southern California, Hollywood, surfer and tech.
Hustle: Your work.
Yee: Yeah. The Bay Area claims it as its own, but it’s statewide now.
Dubs: The Golden State Warriors
Finna: About to, or going to.
Yaddadi-mean: You know what I mean?
909er: Someone who lives in the Inland Empire, where the area code is 909.
Tightsauce: Outstanding and/or attractive.
Golden times: Super-duper overtime, which typically kicks in for union workers after 16 hours.
The industry: Show business.
Barney: An uncool beginner who gets in the way, a kook.
Gandolf: An older, wiser guy.
Pivot: Your start-up didn’t fail — you’re just pivoting in a new direction.
Ramen profitable: A start-up that is profitable only because the founders live in an uncle’s basement and eat ramen.
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The California Today columnist, Mike McPhate, is a third-generation Californian — born outside Sacramento and raised in San Juan Capistrano. He lives in Davis.
California Today is edited by Julie Bloom, who grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from U.C. Berkeley.