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Governor Signs Two Social Media Privacy Bills

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Governor logged on to Twitter, Facebook, and a number of other social media sites to announce that he's signed bills increasing privacy protections for users.

The legislation comes after a growing number of businesses and universities around the country asked job-seekers and students for their Facebook and Twitter account information.

Democratic Senator Leland Yee authored one of the bills which passed without opposition.

YEE: "These bills will say now that in the state of California social media is in fact a repository of private, personal information and is going to stay that way."

In a release, Governor Brown said the legislation will stop a growing trend of colleges and universities snooping into student social media accounts, particularly those of student athletes.

The law takes effect on January 1st.

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