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Senator Anderson Defends Internet Privacy Rights for the Deceased


Last updated 9/17/2015 at 11:22am

California State Senator Joel Anderson was honored on Sept. 9 as NetChoice’s first ever iAWESOME recipient for his efforts on AB 691, the Privacy Expectation Afterlife and Choices (PEAC) Act. The PEAC Act seeks to protect the internet and digital privacy rights of California citizens after death in order to ensure that estate managers and other parties do not gain access to information that they were not explicitly given access to by the deceased.

Anderson said, “NetChoice has been a great partner in promoting our shared vision of strong digital privacy laws. Their work is advancing our civil liberties in the digital era, and I’m looking forward to working with them in the future.”

Anderson’s strong defense of internet and digital privacy after death is reflective of the American public’s desire to have their personal information kept private. A Zogby poll found that more than 70 percent of Americans think that their private online communication and photos should remain private after they die unless they have given explicit consent to have that information divulged to their estate managers.

NetChoice’s acknowledgement of Anderson’s defense of privacy speaks to the larger goals of this organization to “promote convenience, commerce, and choice on the net”.

Steve DelBianco, Executive Director of NetChoice, stated, "Senator Anderson was the first California lawmaker to take a stand for protecting the privacy of our online accounts after we die. It’s yet another example of Senator Anderson’s legacy of leadership on high-tech policy issues.”

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