Governor Signs Immigrant Data Privacy Bill by Lorena Gonzalez

Saturday, October 12, 2019

AB 1747 Will Ensure I.C.E. Cannot Access California Residents’ Personal Information

SACRAMENTO – (Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019) – California Governor Gavin Newsom today signed Assembly Bill 1747, authored by state Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), to protect the privacy of California residents by prohibiting personal information stored in statewide databases from being used for immigration enforcement, except only in the cases where the information is related to the individual’s criminal history.

Gonzalez authored the bill following recent news investigations that uncovered that I.C.E. can access state-run law enforcement databases that contain personal information about participants in the AB 60 driver’s license program. The AB 60 program, which began in 2015, ensures that all motorists, regardless of citizenship status, are expected to be trained, tested and insured while on California roads. More than 1 million Californians are licensed under the AB 60 program.

“We asked our undocumented residents to apply for these licenses so they could become insured and lawful drivers,”Assemblywoman Gonzalez said. “Now, we need to stop these aggressive immigration tactics and ensure California residents that they have no reason to fear getting their driver’s license.”

AB 1747 would better prevent misuse of statewide law enforcement databases, specifically the California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (CLETS), by requiring justification for inquiries seeking information, other than criminal history information. Additionally, this bill authorizes the Attorney General to conduct audits and investigations to monitor subscriber compliance of CLETS.

For questions on AB 668 or to schedule an interview with Assemblywoman Gonzalez, contact Sami Gallegos (209) 658-7617.