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Is Cali’s “Eraser” Bill the Wrong Approach?

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

November 8, 2013

An Al Jazeera report analyzes recently passed legislation in California that essentially creates an “eraser” option for children and teens. Yet, privacy advocates are asking why only children would have such an option since, often, younger Internet users are more savvy with their privacy in the first place, whereas older users may not be as sophisticated. Center of Democracy and Technology Director of Consumer Protection Justin Brookman said, “It’s directed towards teenagers, which in itself is kind of vague … If you’re going to have privacy rules, you might as well protect everyone.” IAPP Westin fellow Kelsey Finch recently analyzed this bill along with several others in California.
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