Consumer Protection and Consumer Privacy

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson is a pioneer in developing laws to protect consumer privacy and prevent identity theft — and she has earned many awards from organizations including the Consumer Federation of California for standing up for consumers against powerful special interests.

Unfortunately consumers were learning that their identities had been stolen when it was too late to prosecute the criminals responsible for the theft. That’s why Jackson wrote the law that the clock doesn’t start ticking until the crime is discovered.

After California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ report concluded that breach notifications are often difficult to understand, Jackson wrote the law that requires government agencies and businesses to disclose when unencrypted computer systems storing personal information this data are thought to have been breached in a clear, simplified and standardized fashion, including the following:

  • What Happened
  • What Information Was Involved
  • What We Are Doing
  • What You Can Do
  • For More Information

Jackson has dedicated much go her career to protecting seniors, veterans and children — all among California’s most vulnerable residents — from fraud schemes and even exposure to health and safety risks. She even wrote the law requiring the Department of Health Services to assess exposure patterns and special susceptibility for contaminants on infants and children.

Jackson has been recognized for her efforts by the American Legion (California Chapter), Congress of California Seniors, Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens, and the California Legislative Women’s Caucus award for “outstanding leadership and support of California families and children.”