Senators Jackson and Beall Convene Hearing on Privacy Implications of Ridesharing Apps

February 24, 2020

SACRAMENTO–As app-based transportation services such as ridesharing vehicles and electric bikes and scooters grow in popularity, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Senator Jim Beall (D-San Jose) Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee will convene a joint informational hearing to examine what data is being collected from these apps and what is being done with it.

“Ridesharing vehicles and electric bikes and scooters have exploded in popularity and revolutionized our transportation landscape. Yet as these app-based services continue to proliferate, policymakers must examine the wealth of data collected and how that information is being used. This hearing will help us explore the responsible use of shared mobility data while safeguarding consumer privacy,” said Senator Jackson.

“We’ve experienced explosive innovation and growth in shared transportation; whether that be hailing a ride on your smartphone, using a carshare program, or jumping on an electric scooter or bike. Shared mobility is transforming urban transportation. Now it is crucial for us to understand its impacts and ensure cities get the data they need to guide this transformation in the public interest. However, we must also examine the privacy risks that come with the data and what guardrails may be needed to protect riders’ privacy. I look forward to the hearing to discuss how we can continue to encourage innovation in shared mobility while protecting rider privacy,” said Senator Beall.

WHAT:             Joint Informational Hearing of the California Senate Judiciary Committee and Senate Transportation Committee: More Mobility Options, More Data: Transportation and Privacy Issues in Shared Mobility Data Use

WHEN:            Tuesday, February 25 at 1:30 p.m.

WHERE:           California State Capitol, Room 4203


Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, Chair Senate Judiciary Committee

Senator Jim Beall, Chair Senate Transportation Committee

Dr. Genevieve Giuliano, Director METRANS Transportation Center

Seleta Reynolds, General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Transportation

Dr. Regina Clewlow, CEO Populus

Uttara Sivaram, Head of Privacy and Security Policy, Uber

Doug Ito, Director of the Consumer Protection and Enforcement Division, California Public Utilities Commission

Jacob Snow, Technology and Civil Liberties Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California

Dr. Matthew Bishop, Professor, University of California Davis

Mariko Kotani, Deputy Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel

Ramses Madou, Vice Chair, Open Mobility Foundation

Jennifer Donlon Wyant, Transportation Planning Manager, City of Sacramento

David Allison, Senior Vice President of Data, Bird

Jamie Lee Williams, Electronic Frontier Foundation              


The agenda and background paper are available online.

Jackson represents the 19th Senate District, which includes all of Santa Barbara County and western Ventura County.