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Law Would Address Social Networking Defaults

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

May 17, 2011

A California proposal could require social networking sites to allow users to establish privacy settings before enrolling, The San Francisco Chronicle reports. SB242 would also require sites to set default privacy settings and explain privacy controls in plain language and would carry penalties of $10,000 per violation. The executive director of the Internet Alliance said such a law would force users to make decisions about their data before exploring the site, and that could lead to unintended consequences, such as users selecting privacy settings they don't fully understand. Others have expressed concerns the law would discourage Internet business in California.
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