CA Social Networking Bill Fails Again
PRIVACY LAW—U.S.June 3, 2011
For the second time in two weeks, a California bill that would have required social networking sites to set privacy defaults to "private" and allow users to customize privacy settings upon registering was voted down. The Mercury News reports that the bill's author, Sen. Ellen Corbett (D-San Leandro), has vowed to keep working on the issue, saying people "who use social networking sites need their personal information better protected." Opponents to the bill--including social networking sites and Internet companies--said that the law would force consumers to make blanket privacy choices before using services, and it does not recognize the efforts the companies have already made to protect privacy online.