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Coalition "Strongly Opposes" Social Networking Bill

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

May 18, 2011

A coalition of Web companies, including Facebook, Google, Skype, Twitter and Yahoo, has voiced opposition to a California bill aimed at protecting user privacy, TechNewsWorld reports. In a letter to Sen. Ellen Corbett (D-San Leandro), who proposed SB 242, the coalition said that SB 242 "gratuitously singles out social networking sites without demonstration of any harm" and would result in users making uninformed choices by requiring that they select privacy settings ahead of using the sites. Corbett said Californians have a right to privacy and to understand how their data is used and that she's "up for a very tough fight."
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