Bill would limit personal info in online purchases

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Updated: 1/30/2014 4:32 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Online retailers would be restricted in the amount of personal information they can collect and be required to dispose of it under legislation approved in the state Senate.

Lawmakers narrowly passed SB383 by Democratic Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara on a 21-13 vote Thursday.

It is intended to update state law after the California Supreme Court ruled that existing credit card laws covering personal information do not extend to online transactions.

Jackson amended the bill this week so it applies only to downloadable products. It would limit the information online merchants could collect to that needed to combat identity theft.

Critics and retailers say the personal information is needed to prevent fraud and spot irregular transactions. Others said the data make it easier to share purchases on multiple devices.

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