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New California 'Right to Know' Bill Proposed
Would Allow Customers to Ask What Data is Collected and Shared
by Karl Bode 02:49PM Monday Apr 08 2013
California Assembly Member and Los Angeles representative Bonnie Lowenthal has introduced a bill called "The Right to Know Act of 2013" (pdf). Her bill would require all California provide consumers, upon request, a list of all user data collected and precisely who that data is being shared with or sold to. "By modernizing the requirements, consumers have a right to know not just how their basic information may have been used for junk mail, but also how it's collected and shared with data brokers, advertisers, and others," Lowenthal says in a statement on her website. You can expect oh -- a wee bit of opposition from the government and the myriad of companies busily tracking and selling anything that isn't nailed down.

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IowaCowboy
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Springfield, MA
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Privacy laws

I'd rather see a law requiring companies to keep customer data private. Like they do with medical records with HIPAA.

I would also like to see the phone companies banned from charging me a fee for the privilege of a private number.

tc1uscg

join:2005-03-09
Saint Clair Shores, MI

Re: Privacy laws

said by IowaCowboy:

I'd rather see a law requiring companies to keep customer data private. Like they do with medical records with HIPAA.

I would also like to see the phone companies banned from charging me a fee for the privilege of a private number.

As far as HIPAA goes, it's a 2 way street. I have kids that are in college and I pay for their medical coverage. However, though the BILLS come to me, I'm still limited on what I have access to even if access has been approved by said child. They have no problems coming after you for unpaid bills about that person but won't discuss what the bill is for. I still have a few bills outstanding because of this very issue and I refuse to pay anything that the insurance didn't pay unless they tell me what it's for. The EOB doesn't tell you much if anything at all.

As far as the UL number, I agree. I should not have to pay to keep my number unlisted and if they put my number in the phone book, I should get a discount since they are collecting advertising dollars from the businesses who run adds in the yellow pages. Just sayin.

WHT

join:2010-03-26
Rosston, TX
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Re: Privacy laws

Well...Gosh, they have to charge you for UL because that's a number that can't resale and make money on.

On a side slightly off-topic note...I ordered a Verizon line two years ago online and specified UL, they gave me the expected number I would get assigned.

Turn on date came and went, so had to call them to order it. Looked like it wasn't treated as a whole new order with different number, but a reorder of my previous order. OK...No problem with that.

Three days later I get a telemarketer selling a cruse line, he asked for me by name. Point is...my name and number was sent immediately to a telemarketing list. I guess my UL request got lost in the "reorder" process.

To add insult to injury, they wanted a fee to change my new (and very published) number to a newer unlisted one. Got it changed at no charge.

YL Rez

@dslextreme.com

Re: Privacy laws

A May, 2009 response to my inquiry about charging for ULs in California. (I am still seeing the change--I guess the bill died).

This is in response to your letter regarding Senate Bill 437 by Senator Pavley, regarding charge for unlisted phone numbers. I appreciate hearing from you on this issue.

This bill would prevent a phone company from charging customers to not list their phone number in the telephone directory. Some people feel that this is an issue of privacy and that they should not be forced to pay for the service. The phone companies feel that this is an issue of rate setting and if they cannot charge for this service, they will be forced to increase charges for basic or other standard phone services such as call waiting.

The bill presents a difficult choice between privacy, phone service charges and rate regulation. Senator Pavley presented the bill before the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee on May 5, 2009, but chose not to have a vote on the measure at that time. It will be eligible to be taken up again in January of 2010.

Thank you for informng me of your views. You can be assured that I will keep your thoughts in mind when the bill is presented again in this or future legislative sessions.

Sincerely,

DAVE COX
Senator First District

AnonComod

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They'll never do because we are a commodity to them. Our personal data makes them rich. I just wish we can get some percentage every time they trade or sell our data ;-P
beavercable
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Beaverton, OR

Californians don't care.

They didn't want to know what was in their food, why would they want to know how their info is being used?

Booger66

@verizon.net

Does this go for Google too?

What about Facebook and other services that data mine?

buzz_4_20

join:2003-09-20
Limestone, ME

Add Right to Delete

and right to stop collecting.

Snakeoil
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Mentor, OH
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Get a 100 foot long receipt at check out.

Just what I need a longer receipt when I check out. The receipt would be longer because it would have all the disclaimers/information on it from the legal dept.

This reminds me of an episode of the TV show Monday Morning.
The episode dealt with a privacy issue. A patient had an STD that had to be reported to the county/state board of health. The patient was in the hospital under a fake name, as she didn't want it made public. Anyhow it went public, and the doctors got yelled at for a breach of privacy.

One of the characters mentioned how dozens of people handled the record, and how they had to use the real name when reporting to the health department.
That there is no real expectation of privacy any longer, and it's time to wake up and realize it.

I'll thought about that and I agree. People carry their smart phone every where, and it's tracked and that data is sold to marketing firms. People post their life story on social media, again, that is examined, packaged and sold to a marketing company. The are so unconscious about the data they are freely given away.
But let a clerk at a check out ask for a zip code number, and all hell breaks loose.
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bt

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Re: Get a 100 foot long receipt at check out.

said by Snakeoil:

Just what I need a longer receipt when I check out. The receipt would be longer because it would have all the disclaimers/information on it from the legal dept.

That's exactly what has happened in other jurisdictions that have passed similar laws.

Oh... wait... No it isn't.

Rambo76098

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Won't happen

That dick of a governor of yours will never sign off on this. He only signs crap that gives law enforcement more power and less transparency. I have a hard time believing that Jerry Brown is a democrat after seeing some of the legislation he's signed, and some he's vetoed.