Jenner & Block

“Don’t Reverse Internet Privacy Safeguards,” Capitol Weekly

Jenner & Block Partner Nancy C. Libin wrote an opinion piece in which she argues that California’s proposed AB 375 would reverse former President Obama’s longstanding privacy policy.  If approved, AB 375 would open the door to consumers having to deal with a stream of opt-in requests for routine internet services.  “More important, as experts know, when faced with a stream of trivial requests, consumers pay less attention to real threats and important notices, which is a real risk to privacy and cybersecurity,” Nancy observes.  She cautions that the bill “runs counter to how the internet has always operated with seamless flow of data among various providers.  If consumers are required to opt in to internet providers, it would disrupt how others in the ecosystem make use of that information and could impact products and services across the internet ecosystem.”