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MacTaggart Pushes CCPA Initiative With Former Allies Against Him

July 31, 2020, 2:33 PM

The unity that data-protection advocates displayed before the enactment of the California Consumer Privacy Act has frayed as the statute’s lead proponent seeks to amend it in the November election.

“The attacks from the privacy side are somewhat unexpected,” Alastair MacTaggart says of opposition he faces from groups including the American Civil Liberties Union.

Yet the infighting among privacy groups, the neutrality of the state’s Democratic Party, and questions about whether MacTaggart’s plan will improve the law don’t appear to be enough to stop his ballot initiative, Proposition 24.

“Nobody wants to be against privacy,” said Alysa Hutnik, chair of ...