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CA Social Networking Bill Fails in Senate

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

May 31, 2011

A California bill aimed at protecting the privacy of online social network users was voted down in the state senate last week, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. The bill, by Sen. Ellen Corbett (D-San Leandro), would change social networking sites' practices to set privacy defaults to "private" and allow users to customize privacy settings upon registering--before their information goes public. Opponents of the bill--which include some CA-based Internet giants--say the bill will hurt technology companies and ignores "the extraordinary lengths" online companies are going to protect consumer privacy. Corbett says she will reintroduce the bill for another vote this week.
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