Industry objects to broader California data law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – An industry group says a proposal to broaden the right of consumers to sue under California’s landmark privacy law would undermine the legislation that was passed last year.

Kevin McKinley of the Internet Association says allowing consumers to sue for violations on their own would unwind a key piece of an agreement that led to the law.

When the law takes effect next year, consumers will be able to sue companies that collect their data if their information is stolen or disclosed in a data breach – but only if the company was careless or negligent. The new legislation would expand a consumer’s right to sue for damages for other violations under the law.

McKinley says limiting enforcement made it workable for companies.