SACRAMENTO — Nearly three months after Congress struck down new federal regulations that aimed to protect internet users from having their online activities secretly tracked and sold, state lawmakers are unveiling new legislation that would require companies to follow such rules in California.

The proposed rules — amended into an obscure bill about video arcades — would prevent broadband providers such as Comcast, Verizon and AT&T from collecting or selling such information unless customers “opt in” to policies, among other requirements.

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The move — which is sure to be fought by the internet giants — is the latest example of the California “Resistance” to Washington policies under the Trump administration, which now spans issues from immigration to environmental regulation to recreational weed.

The legislation, unveiled Monday morning, was prompted by an outcry from consumer-privacy groups and others over the decision to strike down Obama-era regulations by the Federal Communications Commission that were set to take effect this …read more

Source:: East Bay – Politics

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