No On Proposition 24
Newspaper Editorials

“If Prop. 24 really were as restrictive and airtight as advertised, is there any doubt that those who are exploiting our personal information as a commodity would be pouring tens of millions into defeating it? Their silence is telling. A good guiding principle for approaching these complicated initiatives is: When in doubt, vote no… There is sufficient doubt about Prop. 24 to make the decision clear. Vote no.”

San Francisco Chronicle

“One provision of Prop. 24 demonstrates why it doesn’t deserve support. It would allow the Legislature to approve an amendment with a simple majority vote — with this caveat: ‘The law should be amended, if necessary, to improve its operation, provided that the amendments do not compromise or weaken consumer privacy, while giving attention to the impact on business and innovation.’ Wow. How much ‘attention’ needs to be given to the impact on business and innovation? Does it mean that a law strengthening consumer privacy is illegal if it negatively impacts business? To what degree? Bring on the lawyers. California’s courtrooms are crowded enough without the rash of lawsuits this provision would bring.”

San Jose Mercury News

“To say the 52-page proposition is mind-boggling to the average voter is an understatement. …What’s troubling is that Mactaggart [its funder] wrote Prop. 24 in consultation with the tech industry, negotiating with such giants as Google and Facebook. That’s why the ACLU, among other groups, complains many of its provisions are favorable to big tech… Prop. 24 is not needed. Vote NO.”

Bakersfield Californian

[Prop 24] “won’t bother the tech giants or other large companies, such as banks and insurers. But for small and midsize companies, the legal bills associated with regulatory compliance for every technological upgrade would be strangling. Invention could turn into stagnation…. Vote No on Proposition 24.”

Orange County Register

“Prop. 24 would allow companies to charge higher prices to consumers who choose to protect their privacy. That’s just wrong on principle. It also places a higher burden on lower-income consumers who do not have the means to pay a premium for a superior product. Voters should reject Prop. 24.”

East Bay Times

“No on Proposition 24… Never again will tech giants be threatened by a start-up company in somebody’s garage.”

Riverside Press Enterprise

“If elected representatives cannot reach agreement on the regulation of fast-moving technology, the worst thing to do is give that power to a permanent bureaucracy of unelected regulators. Vote No on Proposition 24.”

San Bernardino Sun

“We think there should be time to see how the new [privacy] law works, and the Legislature can make fixes later if needed. That will be difficult to do if Prop 24 passes… Vote No on Prop 24.”

Bay Area Reporter