California Online Privacy Bill Faces Uphill Battle
PRIVACY LAW—U.S.October 29, 2010
The Los Angeles Times reports on Facebook's quiet lobbying of California lawmakers to fight a bill that would prevent social networking sites from displaying the addresses and phone numbers of minors. The bill was introduced by state Sen. Ellen Corbett (D-San Leandro) in February and passed the Senate 25 to 4, but floundered in the state assembly, the report states. "By the time it got to the assembly, the opposition lobbying had begun," Corbett said. The average child has a digital footprint by six months of age and seven percent of babies have Facebook pages set up for them by parents and guardians, according to the report.