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How California Is Building the Nation's First Privacy Police


The California Privacy Protection Agency will be the first government body in the U.S. charged with regulating how Google, Facebook, Amazon and other companies collect and use data from millions of people.

Credit: Financial Express

Ashkan Soltani, the head of California's new online privacy regulator, needed help launching the first agency of its kind in the United States. So he called the state's Horse Racing Board.

Mr. Soltani asked Scott Chaney, the executive director of the racing board, which oversees roughly 10 racetracks, about the ins and outs of running a small agency in California's sprawling state government. They discussed how to handle remote work and hiring in the pandemic. Mr. Chaney also offered advice for navigating the public sector.

Mr. Soltani is "literally inventing a state department," Mr. Chaney said. "He's almost inventing it from the ground up."

Mr. Soltani faces the daunting task of overseeing the first government body in the United States with the sole job of regulating how Google, Facebook, Amazon and other companies collect and use data from millions of people.

From The New York Times
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