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Bill Would Require Social Media Sites To Remove Child's Information at Parent's Request

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, May 2, 2013

Under the bill, a parent could ask Facebook or another site to remove certain personal information about their child, including address, phone and social security numbers - and the company would be required to comply. Democratic Senator Ellen Corbett wrote the bill.

Corbett: "I really see no reason that trumps the safety of a child to allow personal identifying information to be available, publicly, on the internet."

Democratic Senator Noreen Evans says it's about child safety:

Evans:"As we all know, children are targets of predators online and when they post personal information, this is personal and private information and it should be removed." 

The website would be required to verify a request, including who made it.  Republican Senator Joel Anderson says that's a problem:

Anderson: "So you could have a parent who is not the custodial parent making the request and you're putting the company in this jeopardy.  This all has to be done in 96 hours and there's a 10,000 fine if they don't do it."

Opponents include the California Chamber of Commerce.  The Chamber argues that verifying whether a request came from a child's parent or guardian puts companies in a "perilous position" and opens firms up to lawsuits. 

The measure moves next to the Assembly.  A similar, broader bill failed previously in the Senate. 

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