California "Online Privacy" Initiative (2014)

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Two versions of a California "Online Privacy" Initiative were approved for circulation in California as contenders for the November 4, 2014, ballot as initiated state statutes. Two versions of the initiative (#14-0006, #14-0007) were filed and both were approved for circulation. Neither was certified for the ballot.

Text of measure

Version 14-0006

Ballot title:

Online Privacy. Initiative Statute.

Official summary:

"Requires certain providers of Internet services or mobile applications to comply with a user's instructions not to track user's personal information, including contact information, government issued identification, financial information, online history, method of access, or location. Prohibits all providers from selling, sharing, or transferring user's personal information after receiving instructions not to track. Prohibits providers serving public entities or private educational entities from using personal information for any purpose other than providing the service. Prohibits requiring user's consent to track personal information as a condition of access to online service. Provides for fines and civil claims."

Fiscal impact statement:

(Note: The fiscal impact statement for a California ballot initiative authorized for circulation is jointly prepared by the state's Legislative Analyst and its Director of Finance.)

"Increased costs potentially reaching millions of dollars in some years to state and local governments primarily from additional or more costly civil actions and increased court workload. Increased penalty revenue potentially reaching tens of millions of dollars in some years to state and local governments resulting from new civil penalties authorized by the measure."

Version 14-0007

Ballot title:

Online Privacy. Initiative Statute.

Official summary:

"Requires certain providers of Internet services or mobile applications to comply with a user's instructions not to track user's personal information, including contact information, government issued identification, financial information, online history, method of access, or location. Prohibits all providers from selling, sharing, or transferring user's personal information after receiving instructions not to track. Prohibits requiring user's consent to track personal information as a condition of access to online service. Provides for fines and civil claims."

Fiscal impact statement:

(Note: The fiscal impact statement for a California ballot initiative authorized for circulation is jointly prepared by the state's Legislative Analyst and its Director of Finance.)

"Increased costs potentially reaching millions of dollars in some years to state and local governments primarily from additional or more costly civil actions and increased court workload. Increased penalty revenue potentially reaching tens of millions of dollars in some years to state and local governments resulting from new civil penalties authorized by the measure."

Path to the ballot

See also: Signature requirements for ballot measures in California
  • Jamie Court submitted a letter requesting a title and summary for Version #14-0006 on January 16, 2014.
  • Jamie Court submitted a letter requesting a title and summary for Version #14-0007 on January 16, 2014.
  • A title and summary for Version 14-0006 was issued by the Attorney General of California's office on March 12, 2014.
  • A title and summary for Version 14-0007 was issued by the Attorney General of California's office on March 12, 2014.
  • 504,760 valid signatures were required for qualification purposes.
  • Supporters had until August 8, 2014, to collect and submit the required number of signatures, as petition circulators are given 150 days to circulate petitions.
  • The Secretary of State’s suggested signature filing deadline for the November 4, 2014, ballot was April 18, 2014. This means that if supporters had submitted enough valid signatures by August 8 but after April 18, the measure could have been pushed back as far as the next statewide general election, in November 2016.

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