Social Site Privacy Bill Fails in CA

(Ping! Zine) – A California bill that would have applied sweeping privacy changes to social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Skype has failed after the social giants lobbied legislators against its passage.

The bill was rejected by a vote of 19 to 17.

The legislation would have essentially required the sites to make all user information private by default. It would have also required the social sites to remove particular user information of children when contacted by their parents.

In a statement made upon the bill’s rejection, the legislation’s author Senator Ellen Corbett (D-San Leandro) said, “I feel terrible for children, their parents and the many others who are at risk of being victims of identity theft or other criminal activity because their private information falls into the wrong hand.”

The sites opposing the bill had insisted that it was unconstitutional, would hurt the technology sector, and would have had the opposite effect of its purpose, decreasing overall consumer privacy.

Regarding the bill’s reject, Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes noted in a statement, “Today’s bipartisan vote recognized that consumers can make informed choices about how much information they wish to share on the Internet.”

Despite the bill’s failure to pass, Senator Corbett has vowed to remain involved in the issue.