California Passes Sweeping Data-Privacy Bill
By passing bill, legislature headed off a more restrictive ballot initiative that recently qualified to appear before voters in November
Interestingly the US approach to achieve a similar end to the Europeans is but is stronger on allowing opt-out of data sharing rather than seeking to force deliberate opt-in.
With Silicon Valley being within the State and with the economy being more than 15% of the national economy (alone it would be the 5th biggest economy on earth!) the influence of this law will become pervasive as it is implemented over the next few years.The bottom line is in Europe and the US the game is changing (much more quickly than I imagined) and it is true that Australia is starting to look like a backwater when it comes to data privacy, especially with health data as a colleague said to me this morning.
The risk here is timing where a solution conceived a decade ago, in much different times, gets shoved down the throats of an unsuspecting populace only to have later to be got rid of when it does not conform to public expectations and attitudes. The days of being able to just assume consent to any use of personal data are fast vanishing.
The ADHA should take notice before it comes a serious cropper.