California Broadband Internet Privacy Act
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California Broadband Internet Privacy Act

Posted June 19th, 2017 by seanm

California Broadband Internet Privacy Act introduced
Coalition supports online privacy protections

Sacramento - State Assemblymember Ed Chau who chairs the Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection today announced introduction of AB375, the California Broadband Internet Privacy Act of 2017. A coalition of over twenty consumer advocates and public interest organizations, including Access Humboldt greeted the announcement with a strong endorsement - see letter attached.

Access Humboldt executive director Sean Taketa McLaughlin released this statement:

"We support the proposed California Broadband Internet Privacy Act (AB375) because personal privacy is essential for open networks to support freedom of information and expression. Citizens must have the opportunity to make informed choices about how their personal communications are monitored and their online information is gathered, stored and shared.

"Unwanted surveillance for commercial gain has an immediate chilling effect on local voices and harms many aspects of modern life - health, public safety, education, commerce and civic engagement all suffer when our freedom of information and expression is suppressed.

"Digital network devices actively gather intelligence from users of the network. While some data gathering is necessary for advancing efficacy of network operations, there is great potential for unwanted censorship, filtering and editorial bias to occur without knowledge of the network user. This inherent network surveillance is one step ahead of the value added intelligence of edge services (like search engines, webpages and apps) and therefore has a severe chilling effect on all aspects of our information ecosystem.

"Diverse local voices require open secure networks that respect the personal privacy of all people, supporting our basic human right to 'seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.' (Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 19)"
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Access Humboldt is a non-profit, community media organization managing local cable franchise benefits on behalf of the County of Humboldt, California and the Cities of Eureka, Arcata, Fortuna, Rio Dell, Ferndale and Blue Lake. Community media resources include: cable access TV channels; a low-power FM radio station; a wide area broadband network with dedicated optic fiber connections to twenty locations serving local jurisdictions, educational institutions and other public facilities; broadband access wireless networks; a Community Media Center with studio and other production equipment and training on the Eureka High School campus; and ongoing operational support for public, educational and governmental access media services.

For more information contact:

Sean Taketa McLaughlin
Executive Director
Access Humboldt
P.O. Box 157, Eureka, CA 95502
cel: 707-616-2381
e: sean@accesshumboldt.net

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