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Comment: California privacy law drew strong support from Silicon Valley, even as opponents warn of privacy 'balkanization'

By Mike Swift and Amy Miller
  • 05 Nov 2020 18:29
  • 05 Nov 2020 19:08
California’s landmark vote this week to create the first sole-purpose US data protection regulator drew some of its strongest support in areas of the state that could most keenly feel its regulatory bite — Silicon Valley, as well as in southern California counties where the tech industry has a significant presence. 

A statewide analysis

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Mike Swift

Chief Global Digital Risk Correspondent


Mike Swift is an award-winning journalist who has been at the forefront of covering data, privacy and cybersecurity regulatory news for more than a decade. As the Chief Global Digital Risk Correspondent for MLex, in addition to reporting, he coordinates MLex’s worldwide coverage in the practice area. Formerly chief Internet reporter for the San Jose Mercury News and SiliconValley.com, Mike has covered Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Twitter and other tech companies and has closely tracked technology and regulatory trends in Silicon Valley. He has wide ranging expertise from the business of professional sports to computer-assisted reporting. A former John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University, he is a graduate of Colby College.

Amy Miller

Senior Correspondent


Amy is responsible for the coverage of an array of regulatory and litigation issues pertaining to the Internet, including privacy, data security and antitrust. Formerly a legal reporter for the ALM media group, Miller has closely followed legal trends in Silicon Valley and covered corporate legal departments for online and print publications including The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel, and The Recorder. Miller is a graduate of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and is an award-winning journalist with expertise ranging from education and legal reporting to computer-assisted reporting.

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