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California Senator, Universities Disagree Over Privacy

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

July 2, 2010

California's public universities, which are seeking to extend a law that allows them to share alumni information with vendors, are raising the ire of a state senator by opposing his bill to require them to disclose the identities of wealthy donors. The San Francisco Chronicle reports on the bill by Sen. Leland Yee (D-SF) to bring campus foundations and businesses under the California Public Records Act. The University of California and California State University are opposing that move, citing privacy concerns. The universities, meanwhile, support a law allowing them to share alumni contact information with such companies as insurance firms, travel agents and credit card issuers, which has netted them a combined $6.6 million per year, the report states. Yee is calling that position "blatant hypocrisy."
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