Context: US abortion bans push states to clamp down on location data trade 

December 11, 2023

In October, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the Delete Act into law, requiring data brokers to register with the state and specify if they gather location data. It also establishes a mechanism letting people request the removal of their data from brokers’ databases. 

The law is “the most decisive example we’ve seen of a state legislating against the business of data brokers” and could have ripple effects nationally, said John Davisson, director of litigation and senior counsel at the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a watchdog group. 

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