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On Line Privacy Bill Stalls in CA Senate

Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 8:53am

A bill that would force social networking sites like Facebook to use stronger privacy settings has stalled in the California Senate.

The measure’s author is Democrat Ellen Corbett. She says the bill would require social networking sites to clearly explain their privacy settings. It would also require the sites to keep information private unless a user chooses to make it public – rather than the other way around.

“We can do something meaningful about protecting people’s individual privacy, protect CA’s from ID theft and protect our children from predators,” says Corbett.

Facebook and many similar sites don’t like the bill – and neither does Republican Sam Blakeslee.

“Here we go again,” he says, “trying to strangle the life out of a technology located in California, seeking to tell a company what is the right privacy policy, instead of leaving it up to the users.”

The vote was 16-to-16, with Republicans opposed and several Democrats abstaining. Corbett has until the end of next week to try again.

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