Governor Signs Privacy Protection Act to Shield Personal Data Shared with Government for IDs, Driver’s Licenses, Local Healthcare Programs

September 28, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today Governor Brown signed the Privacy Protection Act, Senate Bill 244, which limits the collection and disclosure of personal information obtained by a local or state agency for purposes of issuing a local identification card, driver's license, or county clinic health services.

“Every day, Californians share their personal information with government for IDs, driver’s licenses, healthcare or other essential services,” said Senator Ricardo Lara. “The Privacy Protection Act puts government agencies on notice that they need to take every measure to shield the data they receive from unlawful release.”

SB 244 prohibits the Department of Motor Vehicles from releasing any information submitted to prove a person’s identity or residency for a driver’s license, except in response to a court order or urgent law enforcement purpose. SB 244 also applies to information collected for identification cards issued by a city or local agency.

SB 244 also protects personal information submitted for the administration of local public programs such as healthcare.

California’s civil rights laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, disability, medical condition, marital status, and sexual orientation. SB 244 builds on those principles by protecting the personal information of all Californians.

SB 244 was sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union and the California Immigrant Policy Center.