SB 362 Will Let Californians Take Control of Their Personal Information and Require Data Brokers to Delete Data

(SACRAMENTO) – Today, the California State Assembly Appropriations Committee voted in support of Senate Bill No. 362, Senator Josh Becker’s (D-San Mateo) DELETE Act, advancing the bill to the Assembly Floor. SB 362 would create a one-stop-shop website to allow Californians who want to control access to their personal information to hit the “DELETE” button when it comes to a data broker’s ability to collect, maintain and sell information on them.

“Today’s vote by the Assembly Appropriations Committee signals that California is taking seriously the need to restore the ability of consumers control over their own personal data from unknown third party data brokers,” said Senator Becker. “The time of uncontrolled gambling with our personal information is almost over. Data brokers currently have the ability to use data related to reproductive healthcare, geolocation, and purchasing data to sell it to the highest bidder, and the DELETE Act would protect our most sensitive information.”

Data brokers collect, analyze, and sell personal information about consumers, aggregating data from public records, social media platforms, online transactions, and much more to create detailed profiles on millions of people.  Data brokers have to register with the California Attorney General, but they don’t have to report what kinds of information they collect and sell.  Under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), you have a right to require a data broker to delete information they collected directly from you, but you can’t require a broker to delete information they may have acquired about you from other sources.

SB 362 has a simple premise:

  • Data brokers would have to register with the California Privacy Protection Agency (CPPA) and disclose the types of personal information they collect.
  • The CPPA would create a simple way for Californians to direct all data brokers to delete their personal information, free of charge.
  • Data brokers that fail to adhere to the law would face civil penalties and administrative fines set by the CPPA.

The bill heads to the Assembly Committee on Appropriations for further consideration.


Senator Becker represents the 13th Senate District covering portions of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties and includes the cities of Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, Burlingame, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Hillsborough, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Mountain View, Pacifica, Palo Alto, Redwood City, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Mateo, South San Francisco, and Woodside.