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December 01, 2006

MPAA Kills Privacy Bill Rights, Law

California was all set to pass a law barring companies from using deception to get their hands on private info about individual citizens, when MPAA lobbyists got the bill killed. Wired:

A tough California bill that would have prohibited companies and individuals from using deceptive "pretexting" ruses to steal private information about consumers was killed after determined lobbying by the motion picture industry, Wired News has learned.

The bill, SB1666, was written by state Sen. Debra Bowen, and would have barred investigators from making "false, fictitious or fraudulent" statements or representations to obtain private information about an individual, including telephone calling records, Social Security numbers and financial information. Victims would have had the right to sue for damages.

The bill won approval in three committees and sailed through the state Senate with a 30-0 vote. Then, according to Lenny Goldberg, a lobbyist for the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, the measure encountered unexpected, last-minute resistance from the Motion Picture Association of America.

"The MPAA has a tremendous amount of clout and they told legislators, 'We need to pose as someone other than who we are to stop illegal downloading,'" Goldberg said. [Emphasis added]

Jerks. Makes me want to go download some movies.

Posted by Jonathan at December 1, 2006 05:49 PM  del.icio.us digg NewsVine Reddit YahooMyWeb