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California Bill Would Give Drivers Control Over Car Computer Data
State Senator Bill Monning, who authored the bill, says the manufacturers now hold all the cards in who can access on-board electronic data.
“My bill is designed to protect the consumer’s right to direct who today can access that information, or to whom I might direct it for purposes of repair or different types of computer application,” says Monning.
Backers of the bill say smart technologies in cars are expanding at such a pace that all new cars sold by 2025 will come equipped with connectivity devices.
Curt Augustine with the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers says SB 994 would actually make driver’s information less secure.
“It’s a single interest bill that would promote the dissemination of information to insurance companies on driver behavior,” says Augustine.
Bill supporters say current state law already guards against that by limiting to mileage what insurance companies can collect from on-board data systems.
Fair Political Practices Commission chairperson Jodi Remke announced Tuesday that she will step down on Friday. It follows months of acrimony with other commissioners.
California Senator Tony Mendoza Resigns After Sexual Harassment Investigation, But Says He'll Run For Re-ElectionFebruary 22, 2018
His resignation followed an outside investigation, which found that Mendoza likely engaged in "flirtatious or sexually suggestive" behavior with six different women, including former staffers and fellows. The allegations date back to 2007.
Report: California Senator Tony Mendoza ‘More Likely Than Not’ Made Sexual Advances Toward Six WomenFebruary 20, 2018
A summary of the Senate’s outside investigation comes after the chamber’s Rules Committee met in closed session to discuss Mendoza’s fate for the second weekday in a row.
New legislative efforts supporting the “Me Too” anti-harassment movement could change the reporting process for victims filing complaints.
Women in California politics, protesting sexual harassment and abuse at the Capitol, distrust the response from legislative leaders.
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