Two privacy-related bills passed the California Assembly this week. Courtesy of the Paparazzi Reform Initiative who have been actively advocating for these bills:
California Assembly Bill 1256 (AB 1256) – Privacy and Buffer Zones:
AB 1256 amends the California Privacy Law to include within the definition of “personal and familial activity” activities of children occurring at private and public schools, activities occurring at various medical facilities, and activities occurring where a reasonable expectation of privacy exists at other locations. It also creates a new section in the law that creates buffer zones around entrances and exits at specified facilities, including schools and medical facilities, to prevent barriers and obstructions from impeding ingress and egress to and from such facilities, and to prevent the interruption of important and vital functions of such facilities.
California Assembly Bill 1356 (AB 1356) – Stalking Reform:
AB 1356 amends the California Civil Stalking Law to include as actionable placing someone “under surveillance” in a way that causes “substantial emotional distress,” if all other elements of the law are proved. Licensed private investigators, law enforcement agencies and some other organizations and purposes for surveillance are exempt (see full language of bill for complete details).
Both bills passed by votes of 53-19, and the bills now move on to the Senate.