California lawmakers have approved the Delete Act, which is the first-ever legislation across the U.S. that would establish a centralized mechanism for refusing information collection among data brokers, CyberScoop reports.
California's Privacy Protection Agency will be managing the opt-out mechanism under the bill, which would mandate the deletion of consumers' personal information among data brokers every 31 days, as well as restrict new consumer data sharing or trading. Data brokers would also be required to register with the Privacy Protection Agency under the bill, which only awaits the signature of Gov. Gavin Newsom.
Such a legislation has been heralded by privacy advocates.
"We really hope that California, in particular, and other states will look at this as a good step towards a better privacy regime," said Electronic Frontier Foundation Associate Director of Legislative Activism Hayley Tsukayama.
However, ad tech and marketing companies noted that the bill hampers small businesses and consumers, with Consumer Data Industry Association President and CEO Dan Smith raising the potential emergence of unprotected data deletion.
Ontario's perinatal, newborn, and child registry Better Outcomes Registry & Network had sensitive data from nearly 3.4 million individuals compromised in late May as a result of the widespread MOVEit hack conducted by the Cl0p ransomware operation, reports BleepingComputer.
Major U.S. consumer product leasing firm Progressive Leasing has disclosed that some of its systems have been impacted by a cyberattack that resulted in the significant compromise of personally identifiable information belonging to its customers and other individuals, according to The Record, a news site by cybersecurity firm Recorded Future.
T-Mobile has denied being impacted by a cyberattack in April that compromised employee information after VX-Underground reported that it had been notified by threat actors of the attack, which occurred immediately after the telecommunications provider was breached in March, according to The Record, a news site by cybersecurity firm Recorded Future.