California Legislature Tackles Internet Privacy

Monday, May 16, 2011 , , , 0 Comments

Via the SF Chronicle:

California could force Facebook and other social-networking sites to change their privacy protection policies under a first-of-its-kind proposal at the state Capitol that is opposed by much of the Internet industry.

Under the proposal, SB242, social-networking sites would have to allow users to establish their privacy settings - like who could view their profile and what information would be public to everyone on the Internet - when they register to join the site instead of after they join. Sites would also have to set defaults to private so that users would choose which information is public.Here

The whole bill may be found here for your reading pleasure.

The bill's author, San Leandro Democrat Ellen Corbett, told the Chronicle "You shouldn't have to sign in and give up your personal information before you get to the part where you say, 'Please don't share my personal information.'"

The lobbyists already don't like this idea. SB242 "would force users to make decisions about privacy and visibility of all information well before they even used the service for the first time, and in such a manner that they are less likely to pay attention and process the information," Internet Alliance executive director Tammy Cota wrote in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Then there is the whole issue about whether or not this is an issue Sacramento should be tackling at all. "I think it is certainly something that should be addressed at the national level. That's the appropriate place to deal with Internet laws," Republican San Luis Obispo Sen Sam Blakeslee told the Chronicle.

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