AB 2273

  • California Assembly Bill
  • 2021-2022 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Assembly
  • Passed Assembly May 26, 2022
  • Senate
  • Governor

The California Age-Appropriate Design Code Act.


(1) Existing law, the California Privacy Rights Act of 2020, approved by the voters as Proposition 24 at the November 3, 2020, statewide general election, establishes the California Privacy Protection Agency. Existing law vests the agency with full administrative power, authority, and jurisdiction to implement and enforce the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, and requires the agency to be governed by a board. Existing law requires businesses to protect consumer privacy and information, make certain disclosures to consumers regarding a consumer's rights under the act in a specified manner, and disclose to consumers that a consumer has the right to request specific pieces of information, including the categories of information those businesses have collected about that consumer. Existing law, the Parent's Accountability and Child Protection Act, requires a person or business that conducts business in California and that seeks to sell specified products or services to take reasonable steps to ensure that the purchaser is of legal age at the time of purchase or delivery, including verifying the age of the purchaser. Existing law prohibits a person or business that is required to comply with these provisions from retaining, using, or disclosing any information it receives in an effort to verify age from a purchaser or recipient for any other purpose, except as specified, and subjects a business or person that violates these provisions to a civil penalty. This bill would enact the California Age-Appropriate Design Code Act, which, commencing July 1, 2024, would require a business that provides an online service, product, or feature likely to be accessed by a child to comply with specified requirements, including configuring all default privacy settings offered by the online service, product, or feature to the settings that offer a high level of privacy protection offered by the business, and providing privacy information, terms of service, policies, and community standards concisely, prominently, and using clear language suited to the age of children likely to access that online service, product, or feature. The bill would prohibit a business that provides an online service, product, or feature likely to be accessed by a child from taking proscribed action, including using the personal information of a child for any reason other than the reason or reasons for which the personal information was collected. This bill would require the California Privacy Protection Agency to establish and convene the California Children's Data Protection Taskforce to evaluate best practices for the implementation of these provisions, and to provide support to businesses, as specified. The bill would require the agency's board to appoint the members of the taskforce by April 1, 2023, and would require those members to have certain expertise, including in the areas of privacy and children's rights. The bill would require the taskforce to make prescribed recommendations on best practices, including identifying online services, products, or features likely to be accessed by children. By April 1, 2024, the bill would require the agency, in consultation with the taskforce, to adopt regulations, as necessary. This bill would authorize the Attorney General to seek an injunction or civil penalty against any business that violates it provisions. The bill would hold violators liable for a civil penalty of not more than $2,500 per affected child for each negligent violation, or not more than $7,500 per affected child for each intentional violation. (2) The California Privacy Rights Act of 2020 authorizes the Legislature to amend the act to further the purposes and intent of the act by a majority vote of both houses of the Legislature, as specified. This bill would declare that its provisions further the purposes and intent of the California Privacy Rights Act of 2020.

Bill Sponsors (5)



Jun 30, 2022


Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Amendment-Passage
  • Reading-1
  • Reading-2
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Jun 29, 2022


From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 9. Noes 1.) (June 28).

Jun 08, 2022


Referred to Com. on JUD.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on JUD.

May 27, 2022


In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment.

May 26, 2022


Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Senate. (Ayes 72. Noes 0.)

May 19, 2022


From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 16. Noes 0.) (May 19).


Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

May 11, 2022


In committee: Set, first hearing. Referred to suspense file.

  • Referral-Committee
suspense file.

Apr 27, 2022


Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Apr 26, 2022


Read second time and amended.

Apr 25, 2022


From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 10. Noes 0.) (April 19).

Mar 03, 2022


Referred to Com. on P. & C.P.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on P. & C.P.

Feb 17, 2022


From printer. May be heard in committee March 19.

Feb 16, 2022


Read first time. To print.

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
02/16/22 - Introduced PDF
04/26/22 - Amended Assembly PDF
06/30/22 - Amended Senate PDF

Related Documents

Document Format
04/17/22- Assembly Privacy and Consumer Protection PDF
05/09/22- Assembly Appropriations PDF
06/24/22- Senate Judiciary PDF


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