No On Proposition 24
Experts

“Prop 24 preserves and exacerbates the problem of inequitable access to privacy rights. From its pay for privacy components to a complicated opt-out structure, it places the burden on the average consumer to protect their own privacy. Working people don’t have the time to do the paperwork and they can’t afford to pay companies to respect their wishes. As a result, Prop 24 will disproportionately harm vulnerable communities, like the poor and elderly.”

League of Women Voters of California

“Prop 24 allows companies to use and share your personal information without getting your permission – and then charge more when you ask for privacy. Californians are already struggling to afford the internet for essential services, medical care, and schoolwork during a health crisis, and Prop 24 would disproportionately burden working people and Black and Latinx families. Californians deserve real privacy protection, and we hope they vote no on Prop 24.”

Jacob Snow, ACLU of Northern California

“Prop 24 delays for years the right of workers to know what data their bosses are collecting about them. There is no valid excuse for Prop 24’s denial of this fundamental right of working people.”

Zenei Cortez, President, California Nurses Association

“The ballot initiative [Prop 24] creates a confusing mechanism for consumers to exercise their rights to stop the sale or sharing of their personal information… (T)he ballot initiative could reduce choices for consumers and make it even more difficult for them to opt out.. (T)he prospect that the initiative could freeze legislative progress is a worrying one.”

Maureen Mahoney, Consumer Reports

“Prop 24 would expand the power of a business to refuse a consumer’s request to delete their data…Prop 24 would end CCPA [current law] protection of biometric information (such as DNA or faceprints) … Prop 24 would expand the power of service providers (which process data for businesses) to combine sets of consumer data that they obtain from different businesses or directly from consumers.”

Electronic Frontier Foundation

“Proposition 24 was written to accommodate big social media platforms and the Internet and technology companies that spend tens of millions of dollars a year to lobby government at all levels to avoid laws that hurt their profits. Proposition 24 is a bonanza for them – and a big step back for consumer privacy. Please Vote NO on Proposition 24.”

Dolores Huerta, Labor and Civil Rights Leader

“Some of the conflict [with privacy advocates] has to do with how Mactaggart wrote CPRA [Prop 24] in consultation with the tech industry… at least half a dozen provisions in the initiative trace directly back to Mactaggart’s private negotiations with companies including Google and Facebook.”

Washington Post

“The zillionaire landlord who is the sole funder of Prop 24 admitted on a national PBS interview that he is entirely dependent on big search engines to advertise his properties. He stated that he abandoned a much stronger privacy initiative which Facebook and Google opposed when he realized big tech could “eradicate my business” if he interfered with their privacy-invading practices. Now he is back with Prop 24, and big tech has no objections. A real estate mogul with a financial conflict of interest should not determine the privacy rights of 40 million Californians. Vote No on Prop 24.”

Richard Holober, President, Consumer Federation of California

“Proposition 24 asks you to approve “pay for privacy,” letting companies charge more to safeguard your personal information… Pay for privacy has racially discriminatory impacts, disproportionately pricing out working people, seniors, and Black and Latino families. All Californians deserve privacy, not just the wealthy.”

John Mathias, Deputy Senior Campaign Director, Color of Change

“Proposition 24’s funder hopes you won’t read its fine print. If you do, you’ll see it reduces your rights under current law, giving big tech businesses new ways to collect your private information, like data from health and financial apps, and tracking where you go.”

Nan Brasmer, President, California Alliance for Retired Americans

“Proposition 24 asks you to vote for what is in effect a privacy poll tax.”

Tracy Rosenberg, Executive Director, Media Alliance

“Prop 24 reduces California privacy protections. It changes the law to allow cell phone carriers and internet providers to capture personal data stored on a phone, computer or device the minute you travel outside the state with a device.  Vote No on Prop 24.”

Mark Toney, Executive Director, TURN – The Utility Reform Network

“We urge voters to reject Proposition 24. Besides sowing confusion among voters, the initiative could reduce privacy rights that Californians gained under a recently enacted law. It appears that Prop 24 would allow businesses to create new ‘pay for privacy’ schemes. Tech companies could downgrade service to those who cannot or will not pay an extra fee. This is unfair to low-income consumers, seniors and people of color who are already struggling to afford essential high-speed internet connections while enduring a pandemic and massive unemployment.”

Linda Sherry, Consumer Action

“CDD has concluded that Prop 24 does not sufficiently strengthen Californians’ privacy and may, in fact, set a new, low, and thus dangerous standard for privacy protection in the U.S.”

Center for Digital Democracy

“We have changed our position on Proposition 24. It’s billed as a privacy reform measure, but as we’ve read more about it, we’ve learned that many of the “reforms” are loopholes that would further entrench a “pay-for-privacy” economy and otherwise weaken California’s privacy protections. We are now a NO on 24.”

Indivisible SF

“Vote NO on Prop 24 to protect consumers’ personal information.”

Courage California (Courage Campaign)