The Mercury News reports that a Bay Area-based state legislator wants to create a California regulatory agency to protect personal information.
Assemblymember Marc Levine, D-Marin County, on Monday introduced Assembly Bill 2182, which would create the California Data Protection Authority (CDPA) to regulate Californians’ personal data on the internet. All technology companies that serve Californians on the internet would be regulated by CPDA if the bill becomes law, according to Levine.
If enacted, the legislation would form the CDPA to develop regulations that ban social media websites from conducting potentially harmful psychological experiments on users, create ways for Californians to erase certain profiles and personal information, and standardize online user agreements.
The bill needs to be approved by an Assembly committee before it is put to a vote.
The bill’s provision for banning harmful psychological experiments on social media platforms stems from a widely criticized Facebook study published in 2014, in which it refuted the notion that positive posts from friends negatively affected the user’s emotions. Facebook apologized for the study, which the Guardian newspaper reported was conducted without the consent of nearly 700,000 users.
Levine introduced the bill amid growing sentiment from politicians, academics and even some tech leaders that large technology companies need to be more strictly regulated.