Facebook Quits Fight against Proposed Privacy Law in California

Privacy Law

Facebook has issued a new statement offering to tender its abandonment of a spirited campaign against the Californian proposed regulation proposing to give users more control over their personal data. The company tendered the new statement on Wednesday even as the CEO, Mr. Mark Zuckerburg was facing a grueling questioning by the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Commerce.

The new twist came after the company has been donating thousands of dollars to a committee which has been on the forefront in the fight against the intended regulation to be tossed on the ballots in November this year. Having had a budget of $1 million, the campaign was targeted at influencing the admissibility of the proposed law by advocating fellow tech-giants to work against having the regulation expected to be ratified in the polls.

On the contrary, the company offered to support new initiatives which would focus on improving the scope of data privacy and security for Californian residents. This move may have been influenced by the new revelations last month that put the company on the spot light for having breached tons of Facebook user’s data where millions of information was illegally shared with other companies including Cambridge Analytica.

The proposed law, ‘California Consumer Privacy Act’, proposes protection of consumer privacy and data by empowering the users to have the right to question on how companies using the data share it with other third-party agents and whether such data is sold out or not. It additionally gives the users the right to sanction companies from sharing their data against their wish.

According to reliable sources, the proponents of the law have lauded the move and expressed their positive concern that user data would be well-guarded against breach.
Other companies that had joined the fray in the fight against the ratification of the blueprint through the upcoming ballot include Google, Verizon, and Comcast among others whereby each company contributed to the tune of $200,000.

The move was however opposed by various groups, the most vocal of which is the California Chamber of Commerce. The group, through its spokesman, Steve Maviglio, termed the move as a possible cause of negative consequence to the California economy as it would influence the way companies do their business, especially internet-related businesses.

Facebook’s former allies (the tech companies) on the Californian anti-privacy regulation have not yet to offer their views on the new twist of events.