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Opinion: A Stronger Cali “Eraser” Law Wouldn’t Work

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

November 11, 2013

Privacy expert Woodrow Hartzog writes in New Scientist that California’s recently enacted bill, SB-568, which some call the Internet “eraser” law, is not flawed and that a more robust eraser mandate would be “disastrous” and violate free speech. “While the critics correctly identify the unclear language in the statute,” he writes, “they miss the point when they say it will be ineffective because it won’t remove truly harmful ‘viral’ information that gets widely shared on the Internet,” adding, “What they fail to realize is that the modest protection offered by this eraser law is not a defect, it’s a feature.”
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