April 19, 2019 — Letter

The undersigned members of the civil rights, civil liberties, and consumer protection communities, write to emphasize the importance of addressing data-driven discrimination and equal opportunity in comprehensive consumer privacy legislation.

Fundamentally, the right to privacy exists to, among other things, protect against unfair and inappropriate uses of personal information. Any legislation addressing data practices must recognize and address how the exploitation of personal information can disproportionately harm marginalized communities, including by enabling discrimination—intentionally or unintentionally—against people of color, women, religious minorities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, persons with disabilities, persons living on low income, and immigrants.