Silicon Valley, Health Insurers Say Privacy Measure a “Direct Threat To California”


The battle over data privacy is heating up in California as opposition to a data privacy measure is growing. AT&T, Google and Facebook are leading the opposition to the California Consumer Privacy Act.

A release sent by the Committee to Protect California Jobs and sponsored by the California Chamber of Commerce shows the group has added support from the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and California Life and Health Insurance Companies.

In the release, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG) and the Association of California Life and Health Insurance Companies (ACLHIC) write the Privacy Act “threatens the economy of California.”

SVLG’s VP Peter Leroe-Munoz says, “This measure is a direct threat to California’s technology leadership. It seeks to wall off California from the way the internet works elsewhere around the world, reducing consumer convenience and innovation. Not only is this a threat to more than 1.7 million Californians employed in the tech sector, but to virtually every major business in the state that would be forced to change the way they operate because of the burdensome compliance schemes in the measure.”