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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The privacy bill signed into law in California on Thursday won’t settle the global fight over privacy, but it does usher in a new phase that could lead to a new national model for regulating data online.

The big picture: Policymakers around the globe — in Washington, Brussels and now Sacramento — are all articulating different visions of how consumer data should be handled online. There may only be one internet, but there are many jurisdictions, and tech's colossus companies must deal with all of them.

The bill itself was drafted and passed quickly, with even the bill's authors saying there may be additional changes and clarifications before it goes into effect. “If possible, we could find some fixes this year,” said California Assembly member Ed Chau. “That’s my hope, but no promises.”

What’s settled:

  • The law passed Thursday goes into effect in 2020. If nothing changes before then, the law will put restrictions on Google, Facebook and other companies in the business of gathering data directly from consumers.
  • Facebook Vice President Will Castleberry said that while "not perfect, we support" the law, though some trade groups that represent the company were more critical in statements after it passed.
  • Supporters agreed to pull their privacy ballot measure, which was slightly more aggressive, from the November election, so voters won't weigh in on the debate.

As it stands now, the law lets users:

  1. Learn details about the data that companies hold on them;
  2. Ask those companies to delete that data or opt-out of collected data being sold to a third party (Google and Facebook both say they don't do this, because you cannot directly buy an individual's data from them); and
  3. In some cases, sue if their data isn’t properly protected.
  4. It also includes protections aimed at children.

What’s not settled:

  • Whether this bill sets a standard, as some privacy advocates hope. California's size can make it a trendsetter when it comes to policy. “Well, between the Europeans and California, we’re starting to move towards having a universal privacy bill of rights, and I just think it’s going to create a precedent that ultimately is going to be a national standard,” said Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) as he left the U.S. Capitol on Thursday. The bill was criticized, however, by the ACLU of California.
  • Whether Silicon Valley can change it before 2020. Multiple tech industry sources said that companies will push for alterations to the bill. Linda Moore, the CEO of trade group TechNet, which represents Google and Facebook, said in a statement that “the California legislature's work is far from finished” and that “this law remains a work in progress.”
  • Whether this spurs any action in Washington. The Trump administration is exploring ways to create a less restrictive counterweight to Europe’s GDPR privacy rules, in consultation with business groups. California is on the White House’s mind. Gail Slater, the White House advisor working on privacy, called the ballot measure in California that inspired the new law “GDPR light with some California tweaks to do it” when speaking at a conference last month.

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Photo courtesy of Mondale.

Former Vice President Walter Mondale wrote a farewell letter to his staff, sent upon his death on Monday, thanking them for years working together.

Dear Team,

Well my time has come. I am eager to rejoin Joan and Eleanor. Before I Go I wanted to let you know how much you mean to me. Never has a public servant had a better group of people working at their side!

Together we have accomplished so much and I know you will keep up the good fight.

Joe in the White House certainly helps.

I always knew it would be okay if I arrived some place and was greeted by one of you!

My best to all of you!

Fritz

Former Vice President Walter Mondale dies at 93

Walter Mondale, left, with former President Jimmy Carter in Jan. 2018 at the McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota's campus in Minneapolis. Photo: Anthony Souffle/Star Tribune via Getty Images

Walter Mondale, who transformed the role of U.S. vice president while serving under Jimmy Carter and was the Democratic nominee for president in 1984, died Monday at 93, according to a family spokesperson.

The big picture: President Biden, who was mentored by Mondale through the years, said in 2015 that the former vice president gave him a "roadmap" to successfully take on the job.

Scoop: U.S. ambassador refuses Kremlin push to leave Russia

U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan. Photo: Anton Novoderezhkin/TASS via Getty Images

The United States ambassador to Russia is refusing to leave the country after the Kremlin "advised" him to return home following new Biden administration sanctions, two sources briefed on the situation tell Axios.

Why it matters: John Sullivan, a respected diplomat who President Biden has, so far, retained from the Trump era, is at the center of one of the most important early tests of Biden's resolve.