California’s New Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)

CCPA

Daily, user input has been aggregated on the Internet, producing an infinite amount of accessible data, and creating for online companies a multi-trillion dollar industry of information exchange.

No one truly knows how far their online information travels to produce data points for which companies and for what ultimate outcomes. According to the Pew Research Center, up to 8 out of 10 internet users express concern over what companies do with their data, while they increasingly understand that the use of their online input is almost entirely out of their control.

Lock In Privacy

The State of California has moved to counteract the profuse collection of user data that perpetually occurs virtually without permission.

As of January 1, 2020, a legal milestone in California gives consumers the right to view the personal information collected about them and to stop companies from selling it. This law is the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).

Privacy advocates contemplate the likelihood of consumer rights provided by the CCPA extending beyond the state, with California possibly being the leading edge that emboldens other states to legislate consumer privacy and even inspire a national law.

Here are some primary CCPA mandates:

  • Businesses must disclose what information they collect, for what business purpose(s) they collect the information and any third parties with whom they share that data.
  • Businesses will be required to comply with official consumer requests to delete that data.
  • Consumers can opt-out of their data being sold, and businesses can’t retaliate by changing the price or level of service.
  • Businesses can, however, offer “financial incentives” for being allowed to collect data.
  • California authorities are empowered to fine companies for violations.

California’s resolve to protect internet users’ and consumers’ privacy will undoubtedly bring significant changes to the online marketplace. The positive or negative effects of the CCPA on businesses will probably take years to determine. But the CCPA’s positive effect on consumers is expected to be immediate.

You can find more information about the California Consumer Privacy Act on the following sites:

TechCrunch: California’s Privacy Impact Act – What you need to know

USA Today: California Consumer Privacy Act of 2020: What the new privacy law means to you, from which the bulk of this information was derived

TechCrunch: The California Consumer Privacy Act Officially Takes Effect Today, an information contributor

 

California Legalizes Public Banks

From the Standing Rock movement came Indigenous activities across the nation to divest from banks that supported the Dakota Access Pipeline. The growth of the movement to divest brought to light one of the biggest issues concerning economic justice in the United States: banks that do not support the real economy.

The Indigenous divestment movement engendered into public consciousness the need to better secure public assets, such as pension funds.  Banks into which state, local, and the national government invest public money that’s used in for-profit speculation rather than in local communities hurt the real economy. This issue raised the question of alternatives.

Gov Newsom Legalized Public Banking

California Legalizes Public Banking

California is one jurisdiction that provided an answer to that question.

In September, the California State Legislature passed Assembly Bill 857, a law that allows public banking in our state and the establishment of a banking framework that includes socially responsible charters, anti-corruption clauses, transparency, a board that includes community development professionals, and prohibitions on retail locations and on unbalanced competition with community banks and credit unions. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the bill into law on October 2nd.

Sushil Jacob, a senior staff attorney for economic justice with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, explains that, somewhat like nonprofits, the boards of public banks are made up of community members who have business experience. It is then the responsibility of the community to monitor board members in staying true to community values, such as investment in affordable housing, making student loans more affordable, saving people from foreclosure, and creating more infrastructure to defend against the effects of climate change.

Jacob continues that, while it is important to pressure the federal government on such issues, real change is going to take place at the state and local levels.

For more information on public banking, see YES! Journalism for People Building a Better World, from which this information was taken, and The Los Angeles Times: Public banks can be formed in California: Newsom signs new law.

ICE Raids have Started in California

July 12, 2019 – Daily Mail

  • ICE raids are planned to start Sunday with 2,000 people expected to be arrested
  • Some Bay Area attorneys claim raids began in Contra Costa County last Sunday
  • Yesterday they demanded information from ICE federal offices in San Francisco 
  • Nancy Pelosi said agents must have a judicial warrant to enter immigrants home

ICE Raids – Know Your Rights

ACLU of Northern California – Updated: January, 2018

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“What to do if ICE confronts you

  • Do NOT open your door. ICE can’t come into your home unless they have a signed search warrant or you let them in. If officers are at your door, ask them to pass the warrant under the door before you open it. An arrest warrant (or an administrative warrant of removal) is not enough to come inside you home. If ICE officers want to enter your home, they must have a valid judicial search warrant that says the officers have a right to enter or search that particular address or areas specified. If the agents don’t speak your language, ask for an interpreter.
  • Check out the warrant. Look at the top and at the signature line to see if it was issued by a court and signed by a judge. Only a court/judge warrant grants ICE permission to enter your premises. One issued by DHS or ICE and signed by a DHS or ICE employee does not.
  • Do NOT resist if ICE agents force their way in. Say “I do not consent to your entry,” but do not physically resist.
  • Tell them you want to speak to a lawyer. ICE can use anything you say against you in your immigration case, so claim your right to remain silent! Say, “I want to speak to a lawyer and choose to remain silent.”
  • Do NOT sign. Be careful what you sign. ICE might ask you to sign forms agreeing to be deported without first seeing a judge.
  • Afraid to go back? If you get arrested and there is a final order for your deportation, be sure to let agents know if you have a fear of returning to your home country.
  • Find an attorney. If you get detained, don’t give up hope! Get a trustworthy lawyer and explore all options to fight deportation.
  • Report raids or checkpoints. (see Rapid Response numbers)
  • Document. If it’s possible, take photos, videos, and notes on exactly what happened. Write down badge numbers. Note if ICE interferes with your right to take photos or video.

Northern California Local Rapid Response Hotlines

The following are hotline numbers for local rapid response networks. These numbers are meant for EMERGENCIES ONLY to report ICE activity and enforcement actions.

Alameda County (510) 241-4011
Central Valley (559) 206-0151
Stand Together Contra Costa (925) 900-5151
Humboldt County (707) 282-5226
Marin County (415) 991-4545
Monterey County (831) 643-5225
North Bay: Solano, Sonoma & Napa Counties (707) 800-4544
Sacramento & Yolo Counties (916) 245-6773
San Francisco City (415) 200-1548
Santa Clara County (408) 290-1144
Santa Cruz County (831) 239-4289
San Mateo County (203) 666-4472
Services, Immigration Rights and Education Network (SIREN) Rapid Response Text Platform
Community members: (201) 468-6088
Allies: (918) 609-4480

Find A Person in Detention

  • To find someone who has been detained, access ICE’s online detainee locator at https://locator.ice.gov or call the Northern California field office at (415) 844-5512.

Be Prepared

Make sure your family knows:

  • Your A number so they can find you if you get arrested;
  • The phone number of a trusted resource for immigration legal advice; and
  • Which friends and relatives can help with family obligations.”

Further information: KIND – Kids In Need Of Defense

The American Bar Association Denounces Brutal Conditions at Child Detention Centers

“Inhumane and illegal,” a violation of ‘human decency,’ are two expressions used by American Bar Association (ABA) President Bob Carlson.

In an official statement on June 25, Carlson joined civil libertarians and human rights organizations in an impassioned denunciation of the conditions children undergo in immigration detention centers at the U.S./Mexico border as a violation of U.S. law as well as a contempt for “common decency.”

Child border detention centers

As critics have previously disclosed, Carlson’s statement cited “overcrowded facilities that lack the most basic of human necessities”. He also asserted, “The American Bar Association is appalled by credible reports of hundreds of children being held in unsafe and unhealthy conditions in violation of federal and state law, court settlements and common decency.”

In the core of his statement Carlson declared, “The ABA calls on federal authorities to immediately end this inhumane and illegal treatment of children and provide attorney access to facilities operated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.”

“We urge Congress to pass supplemental appropriations to ensure the appropriate treatment and care of unaccompanied immigrant children in government custody,” Carlson stated. “And we call on the Administration to enforce laws and settlements that guarantee humane, minimal standards of care for vulnerable children no matter how they arrived in our country.”

CBS News provides details that support Bob Carlson’s claims in the following video.

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Inspectors say kids detained at Texas border center without adequate food, water

If you are concerned about the treatment of children in U.S./Mexico border detention centers, you can follow this story further in related articles below. Much of the information in this particular account was taken from Alternet: American Bar Association decries ‘inhumane and illegal’ conditions at child detention centers: A violation of ‘common decency’

Related links:

Vox: These photos were the Trump administration’s attempt to quiet criticism. They’re only increasing critics’ horror.

ScaryMommy: Doctor Compares Holding Centers For Migrant Kids To ‘Torture Facilities’

MarketWatch: Advocates say the fastest Away to help immigrants separated from their children: Post their bail