ACM, in comments to yesterday’s rant about proposition 54, correctly points out that the proposition exempts racial data collected for medical purposes — one of the key issues I was angry about.

Oops. I did make a mistake. I’m sorry.

I also overlooked a few other provisions (notably i and j) which would exempt existing consent decrees (often used to track a company’s compliance with a settlement or decision in a discrimination case) and anything that would prevent the state from receiving federal funds (which will exempt most kinds of federally-funded research, and might also prevent redlining, although I’m not clear on exactly what data the federal Community Reinvestment Act requires from lenders).

I still maintain that ignoring the problem is the wrong way to go.

Posted on August 21st, 2003 by Katxena