Local Assembly Member’s Anti-Spy Law Passed by State Assembly
–This week, MP Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo) announced that the anti-wiretapping law (AB 1262) had been passed by the National Assembly.
The bill, if signed into law, would prohibit smart speaker manufacturers from retaining, distributing or selling identifiable voice recordings or transcripts without first obtaining user consent.
“For years, the tech giants have given us a false choice: to live in a smart, interconnected home, or to keep your conversations private. We can and should have both, ”Cunningham said. “I am grateful to my colleagues for supporting the anti-wiretapping law. We must continue to seek common sense protections that protect our privacy at home. “
Smart speakers listen to, record and store information collected at home has been a documented problem for a number of years. In 2018, a family in Portland, Oregon was shocked when a smart speaker recorded portions of a private conversation and sent audio recordings to a co-worker. In 2019, a Washington Post tech columnist said the amount of data collected at home by smart speakers and other smart home devices “would make the East German secret police blush.” A 2019 Bloomberg report found that Amazon has a team of thousands of employees around the world to listen to, transcribe, and annotate audio recordings made through the Amazon Echo device.
The Anti-Wiretapping Act, co-authored by Assembly member Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland), had bipartisan support in the assembly. The bill will now go to the State Senate for consideration.