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Contact Tracing and Personal Information Bill Introduced

Identifying and monitoring individuals, through data collection and analysis, who may have had contact with an infectious person

By Chris Micheli, February 17, 2021 6:28 am

On February 16, Assemblyman Marc Levin (D – Marin County), introduced Assembly Bill 814 on contact tracing and personal information. The bill would add Title 1.81.10 (commencing with Section 1798.600) to Part 4 of Division 3 of the Civil Code. Title 1.81.10 would be termed “Contact Tracing.”

AB 81 would define “contact tracing” as identifying and monitoring individuals, through data collection and analysis, who may have had contact with an infectious person as a means of controlling the spread of a communicable disease. It would also define “data” to mean measurements, transactions, determinations, locations, or other information, whether or not that information can be associated with a specific natural person.

The bill would prohibit data collected, received, or prepared for purposes of contact tracing from being used, maintained, or disclosed for any purpose other than facilitating contact tracing efforts. In addition, all data collected, received, or prepared for purposes of contact tracing would have to be deleted within 60 days. There is an exception for data in the possession of a local or state health department.

Furthermore, the bill would prohibit an officer, deputy, employee, or agent of a law enforcement agency from engaging in contact tracing. AB 814 would permit a person to bring a civil action to obtain injunctive relief for any violation of this new law and would be entitled to attorney’s fees.

The bill is expected to be heard in policy committee in late March.

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9 thoughts on “Contact Tracing and Personal Information Bill Introduced

  1. A little too late wouldn’t you say.
    These bills being offered by the various legislators about contact tracing, providing positive covid tests to employers, etc. should have been in circulation a year ago. But, the legislature adjourned and abdicated to the governor and we all know the results of that.
    These people need to update their calendars and work on a way to open California not keep rehashing the last year.

  2. I’ll pass too. And it’s not even necessary. Cat’s out of the bag. And has been for a year!
    Boy oh boy they are just itching to get into your business any way they can, aren’t they.

  3. This is unconstitutional…what about the 4th amend.?
    Come on people get real and get a life and stay out of mine!

  4. Don’t recall voting for this – but there it is : Funded by the Dept. of We Own You

    From MSN news – May 14, 2020
    One of those jobs is contact tracer. In a recent NPR Survey, the majority of U.S. states indicated they plan to hire workers to fill contact tracer roles, with 44 states plus Washington D.C. collectively intending to hire almost 67,000 contact tracers.

    If you’ve recently been laid off and you’re seeking employment, you may be interested in what this job entails and what your state’s plans are for bringing new contact tracers on board.

  5. I don’t like cell phone companies giving cell number to the state. Obviously they do that. We have been called by state agencies on unlisted cell phones, DMV and Department of Fees and Taxation. We have a listed landline. They don’t bother with that, they just use the cell numbers. I read somewhere that cell companies are forbidden by law from letting cell phone owners be told this even if they ask. I thought it sounded a little tinfoil hat until it happened to us several times. And they called all numbers on the plan with one call.

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