SACRAMENTO – State Senator Bob Wieckowski’s (D-Fremont) bill to give California consumers more control of the data collected from inward-facing vehicle cameras overwhelmingly passed the Senate with bipartisan support and now heads to Governor Newsom.
SB 346 prohibits any image or video recording collected or retained through an in-vehicle camera from being sold or used for any advertising.
“People spend a lot of time in their vehicles – running errands, picking up their kids and taking trips – so it is crucial that California put these privacy guardrails in place to protect their sensitive data,” said Wieckowski, a member of the Judiciary Committee. “SB 346 provides consumers with more tools to protect their privacy as in-vehicle cameras become increasingly prevalent. I’m grateful for the Consumer Federation of California’s support and its assistance in getting this important bill through the Legislature with bipartisan backing.”
More cars are becoming equipped with in-vehicle cameras that record the interior of the vehicle cabin and the actions of the driver. Some analysts expect this lucrative data to be worth over $750 billion by 2030.
“Consumers should be in the driver's seat to control what happens to their own data from 'in-cabin' cameras monitoring their actions inside their vehicles,” said Robert Herrell, executive director of the Consumer Federation of California, sponsor of the bill. "SB 346 puts consumers in charge, as they should be, and strong bipartisan supermajorities in the Legislature confirmed that. With 'in-cabin' cameras rapidly growing in prominence this bill enhances California's leadership role in consumer privacy. We thank Senator Wieckowski for his years of work on this and so many other consumer rights issues."
A report by Research and Markets estimates that the global multi-billion-dollar automotive camera market will grow annually by 17.5 percent.
SB 346 ensures that consumers are informed at the time of purchase if a camera is installed inside a vehicle.
In addition to the Consumer Federation of California, SB 346 is supported by Consumer Federation of America, Consumer Reports, Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety, Consumer Attorneys of California, Consumer Watchdog, Oakland Privacy and Privacy Rights Clearinghouse.
Senator Wieckowski represents the 10th Senate District, which includes southern Alameda County and northeast Santa Clara County.