A bill introduced by state Senator Ellen Corbett (D-San Leandro) would regulate privacy on social networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter.
Introduced last week, the bill would require websites to remove some personal information of users upon their request. Most importantly, parents of children under 18 would also be able to request that their child’s information be taken down.
The bill applies to personal identifying information such as addresses, telephone numbers, social security numbers, credit card numbers and bank account numbers.
According to Corbett’s office, there are no state laws to address such privacy concerns on social networking websites.
“Unsuspecting children and teenagers are oftentimes prime targets for online predators that use these sites to prey on vulnerable young people,” Corbett said in a statement. “It is important that we partner with social networking providers to ensure that these sites remain safe for all users. Technology should never stand in the way of responsible parenting.”
The bill is supported by some law enforcement officials, both locally and throughout the state.
Alameda County Sheriff Gregory J. Ahern said Corbett’s bill is “a critical step forward in protecting people’s personal information online.”
This isn’t the first time Corbett has tackled online privacy.
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